Christopher Alexander’s remarkable book, The Timeless Way of Building begins with a trenchant exploration on quality:
To seek the timeless way we must first know the quality without a name.
2. There is a central quality which is the root criterion of life and spirit in a man, a town, a building, or wilderness. This quality is objective and precise, but it cannot be named.
In learning with others, knowing the quality without a name is important, but not often sought when it comes to education policy.