Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Lenses

Education for a Meaningful Life

Curriculum

(“What we teach”)

Being  - Body, Mind, Spirit

This aspect of the curriculum helps the young person ~explore~ the age-old question of "Who am I?", ~awaken~ the sense that "I am a part of a greater whole", and ~act~ out of the depth and heights of one's Self.

Nature  - All living things, the environment, the universe

This aspect of the curriculum helps the young person ~explore~ Nature as an interconnected whole, ~awaken~ their sense of belonging to Nature, and ~act~ with consideration toward Nature and all of its inhabitants.

Life  - Practical, Relational, Cultural

This aspect of the curriculum helps the young person ~explore~ Life as it is right here right now, ~awaken~ their sense of Life as an adventure, and ~act~ in concert with the Life force within.

Pedagogy

(“How to learn? Why learn?”)

Nomadic

Self, Life & World as teachers.

A nomad is a person who is in tune with her

inner and outer worlds as a result of being at one with life

  • The school is nomadic, which means we spend at least 50% of our time in places away from the classroom. The world will be our classroom: cultural, scientific, and governmental institutions. Businesses. Nature. Home. Students learn directly from people who are *not* teachers. That is, the school will take place at the places where experts from various fields of endeavor do their work. Imagine learning from a scientist working in a lab, or a geographer at a remote location in the mountains.
     

  • Teaching is nomadic, which means we make use of unfolding events and the environment in spontaneous and planned ways to deliver a “lesson”. For example, teaching lessons that relate to the four seasons, to economic cycles, to unanticipated disasters, or to personal or social crises. 
     

  • Learning is nomadic, which means the students have a fair amount of autonomy in what, how, and when they learn. Multiple ways of knowing (e.g. rational, intuitive, physical) and learning (e.g. reflection, discussions, inquiry-based) are facilitated.

Meaningful

What do I want? What is my gift?

What am I called to be for the community and the world?

  • School is meaningful, because it will relate directly to real life (e.g. practical skills and knowledge for financial independence). School will be like real life (e.g. learning from people and sources of knowledge other than teachers, learning across multiple disciplines based on real world phenomenon [project based learning, phenomenon based learning].
     

  • Teaching is meaningful, because teachers are expected to get to know each student well and adapt how they facilitate skills and character development according to the particular “bent” of each student.
     

  • Learning is meaningful, because each learning experience will be related to the exploration of one’s strengths, virtues, talents, dreams, and fears.

Perspectives & Values

(“What Matters to Us”)

  • Sustainable Development Goals, or “Global Goals”, have been adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, and provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. (Read more)

  • Transpersonal means to include but go beyond your self. It observes that we have an egoic self and a true self. When we align to our true self, we are wise, authentic, and humane. (Read more)

How does it happen that the deeper we go into ourselves as particular and unique, seeking for our own individual identity, the more we find the whole human species?

 

~ Carl Rogers

  • Solutionary is about analyzing issues and finding solutions at the systemic level. It is about “envisioning and bringing lovingly into being” solutions for the complex and interlocking issues of society, nature, and life. (Read more)
     

Systems can’t be controlled, but they can be designed and redesigned.

 

~ Donella Meadows

"Education for a meaningful life"

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