This essay explores how The Tempest can help us understand modern institutional education.

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Liam E. Semler, 'Prosperous teaching and the thing of darkness: Raising a Tempest in the classroom', Cogent Arts & Humanities 3:1 (2016)


This essay uses Shakespeare’s The Tempest as a way of conceptualising modern institutional education. The over-systematisation of formal education which characterises professional teaching and learning in the twenty-first century is designated “SysEd.” The flaws in SysEd are discussed and a less structured space of educational experience, named “ardenspace,” is described in theoretical and practical terms. The characters and plot of The Tempest are used to embody this argument.