In an interview with George Soros on “The Future of Europe,” Soros makes an interesting analogy on human behavior that potentially links to a school ecosystem.
In this segment of the interview, Soros is describing the completely unexpected—to both Putin and the world—citizen uprising in Ukraine:
Schmitz: How could such a thing happen? How do you explain it?
Soros: It fits right into my human uncertainty principle, but it also reveals a remarkable similarity between human affairs and quantum physics of which I was previously unaware. According to Max Planck, among others, subatomic phenomena have a dual character: they can manifest themselves as particles or waves. Something similar applies to human beings: they are partly freestanding individuals or particles and partly components of larger entities that behave like waves. The impact they make on reality depends on which alternative dominates their behavior. There are potential tipping points from one alternative to the other but it is uncertain when they will occur and the uncertainty can be resolved only in retrospect (bold added).
I found this analogy between human behavior and quantum physics interesting, especially in relation to the perspective of a school as an ecosystem.
Part of the very complexity of a school environment could be described by Soros’ analogy: children and adults in a building exist and act as individuals, but they also can behave in manners influenced by often invisible social and emotional forces and networks. As Soros points out, how a given child or adult may act and for what reason is determinable often only after the act, and thus prediction in the face of this uncertainty is problematic.
I encourage you to read the full interview, as Soros provides a highly interesting macro perspective on political and economic situations in Europe, and his interviewer, Gregor Peter Schmitz, does a great job of pushing him to clarify and elaborate his thinking.