Rules on Education – 50 years later.

I am currently working on a project for an educational department to help build a community, to support the students with the aim to encourage a higher success rate. Having read a number of leadership books, articles about what the future expects from the students of today (and the rest of us) sometimes, it’s wise to also look back and see where we came from and what learnings stand the test of time. I came across Sister Mary Corita’s Rules.

Created in 1967 for a class she taught at the Immaculate Heart College, LA, it can be found in her book Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit. This book looks at Bertrand Russell’s 10 commandments of teaching, work ethics, being open to everything, embracing uncertainty and the links of intuition and intellect. Something everyone can use in their every day life.



The rules she created were later taken on by John Cage, composer, who later added his helpful hints.

Always be Around.

Come or go to everything.

Always go to classes.

Read everything you can get your hands on.

Look at movies carefully and often.

SAVE EVERYTHING. It may come in handy later.



Corita’s legacy lives on at the Corita Art Centre, where not just her teaching, but her art and passion for social justice can be viewed and experienced.

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