The Power of Patience

Images flash at us from every direction--from our social media accounts to advertisements on the road, and we have little time to take in anything. So, it is rather radical that Harvard art history professor Jennifer Roberts asks her students to sit--not for half an hour, but for three hours with a work of art before writing anything about it. While some may think that this sounds excessive at first, the students realize that seeing is not the whole story of learning--it takes time to process what we see. When we give ourselves time, on any subject, not just art, a new world of detail and understanding opens up to our consciousness. And she feels that this kind of patience in education--learning how to slow down--is an essential part of a good education.