‘A Pattern Language’ can inspire on most pages, yet here I am struck by the beautiful simplicity of the maxim under pattern 208, that ‘the process of gradual stiffening [in the building and selection of materials of a structure]… is the physical and procedural embodiment of this essential principle.’ What principle is that? That ‘details are fitted to the whole.’
Is this a way to think about the curriculum? The fluidity and questioning that precedes the more detailed expository ‘stiffening’ of an idea. It could more or less embrace the ‘start with why’ model, which essentially ensures that our actions don’t spring from the trap of detail or secondary concerns, but represent the natural unfolding of a whole.