A SCHOOL FOR THE EMERGING WORLD

his response Table of Contents:

  1. this page Vision
  2. Mission
  3. Plan
  4. Definitions
  5. More about the mission: Statement of Purpose
  6. Curriculum (proposed)

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VISION: An self-sustaining center in a rural or semi-rural setting that primarily serves as a youth and young adult teaching center.

MISSION: To teach the various skills necessary for health and happiness in the emerging world in an environment where learning is most easily and naturally facilitated – in nature

PLAN:

  1. Solidify the core group of people and bring the community to around fifty percent sustainability.
  2. Create the infrastructure for between fifteen and fifty students and teachers.
  3. Begin the programs as the plan progresses towards greater sustainability and increased infrastructure.

DEFINITIONS:

  1. Self-sustaining: Capable of self-sufficiency in terms of water, food, and energy.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: THE EMERGING WORLD, EDUCATION, AND THE FULL BLOSSOMING OF HUMANITY: 

As of this writing In the early 21st century, there appear to be two worlds; one of them is falling apart and the other is being built. The world falling apart is dominated by commerce and its accompanying pursuit of wealth and power and this system is doing so at the expense of the entire ecology and the health and safety of nearly all life on the planet.

The world being built is one that works in harmony with all life and the entirety of its associated ecology and does so as it brings greater health to all life forms on the planet.

There are also two different education systems. One is taught in schools and prepares future generations to play a part in the world falling apart. In other words, it is a system that is no longer relevant. The other system is not a formal one but instead it takes place partly in only some homes and through more or less sporadic encounters— either there, or:

1. it doesn’t take place at all, or

2. Once someone leaves the other broken system, it takes place in an ad hoc manner—guidance or sharing from friends, on-the-job training, workshops, continuing education, etc.

The emerging educational system, envisioned here (see curriculum), prepares young people’s bodies and minds for a life where they can thrive not only in health and happiness in all aspects of life, but also in playing some effective and useful role in the world being built—whatever that role might be.

This kind of educational system was the norm for countless eons. Two examples are:

1. As per Toltec education from ancient Mexico:

From the writings on toltec pedagogy as taught by Guillermo Marin Ruiz:

“Children and young people of both genders, were taught not only science, as mathematics, astronomy, biology, or the arts like singing, music and dance; In addition to learning to speak correctly; read and paint their codices, teachers taught some to sow and harvest land, to build, carve, cast, etc. To the girls, planting, cooking, healing, raise, grow plants, weaving and embroidery. Sports and dexterity games were practiced for individual and teams. The Telpochcalli [essentially, the school for boys and men in ancient Mexican culture] and the Ichpochcalli [school for girls and woment] pretended [sic], first of all, forming “citizens”. People capable of living in harmony in society, respectful of the laws and religious norms; productive, self-sufficient and solidary, capable of creating a home and a family, and maintaining the traditions and customs. In addition to honor “He for who one lives” and contribute with his work to the community wellbeing.

 The concept of the efficient and effective education was given by the ability these institutions should have to become self-sufficient. If schools were self-sustainable, pupils were taught in practice and by example, to be self-sufficient.”

2. As per the ancient Hindu culture of India:

Education in this culture concerned itself with a student’s (and anyone’s) most important instrument—the mind. It does so by: prescribing various injunctions of restraints, attitudes, and practices of the yamas and niyamas; the practice of pranayama for regulating the efficient flow of breath and energy; asana for postural alignment; and other practices to learn to withdraw from the senses (pratyahara), concentrate (dharana), and meditate (dhyana), all culminating in Samadhi—described by Wikipedia as” a non-dualistic state of consciousness in which the consciousness of the experiencing subject becomes one with the experienced object.” While rooted in Hinduism, many of the practices and teachings of Raja Yoga are useful for anyone no matter their religious affiliation or non-affiliation.

Many of these practices can be life-long pursuits. For instance, the very first injunction of the ten traditional yamas—to do no harm—is a profound accomplishment—especially when it is accomplished in its true spirit: Doing no harm in thought, word, and deed. This makes it especially important that this practice become a part of life itself with the introduction of the idea being conveyed at a very young age both at home and at school.

This school, therefore, will bring to young people and the world the opportunity to have a fulfilling and complete education for a happy, healthy, and successful life in the emerging world. The first school will be a prototype for many more envisioned around the planet.

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PROPOSED CURRICULUM (please note: some of these may be more or less suited for boys and some for girls)

Surviving (The necessary skills for being merely functional in the world)

  1. First Aid and CPR 
  2. Concentration skills
  3. Cultivating intuition
  4. Memory skills
  5. Reading
  6. hand-writing
  7. Setting goals
  8. Computer skills
  9. Swimming
  10. Riding a bicycle
  11. Driving a car
  12. Tool-making
  13. Knot-tying
  14. Martial arts
  15. Building a fire
  16. Carpentry
  17. Natural child-birth
  18. Car repair
  19. Bicycle repair
  20. Building a living space
  21. Repairing Clothes/Sewing
  22. Relaxation technique
  23. Sleeping and lucid dreaming 
  24. Looking good with tasteful clothing selection

Maintaining (Ie. A good, overall education)

  1. Mental Hygiene
  2. Emotional Hygiene
  3. Nutrition and right relationship to food
  4. Yoga asanas
  5. Pranayama
  6. Meditation
  7. Conscious communication
  8. Forgiveness and compassionate understanding of others and yourself
  9. Manual Dexterity
  10. Physical Hygiene
  11. Sports and martial arts
  12. Home appliance repair
  13. Machinery repair
  14. Gift Selection
  15. Journaling
  16. Gardening
  17. Herbal Medicine
  18. Healing Skills
  19. Raising children and parenting
  20. Cooking and meal preparation
  21. Starting a business
  22. Ethics in business
  23. Understanding the mind and psychic energy
  24. The principles of Science
  25. Free energy and other alternative energy sources
  26. The principles of effective research
  27. Basic Mathematics
  28. Probability and statistics
  29. Understanding the mineral kingdom
  30. Biology and the plant kingdom
  31. Biology and the animal kingdom
  32. Human anatomy
  33. Quantum physics
  34. Money and world economies
  35. History and meta-history (western)
  36. Geology: local and regional
  37. Astronomy
  38. Essential oils
  39. Constructing furniture
  40. Travel arranging
  41. Office-management
  42. Organizing a project
  43. Negotiating a deal successfully
  44. Budgeting
  45. Animal and pet care
  46. Sex education
  47. Astrology
  48. Debating
  49. Creative writing
  50. Entertaining with magic
  51. Equipping a kitchen
  52. Creating riddles
  53. Facilitating a meeting

Thriving (Skills for being a highly empowered person)

  1. Being a leader
  2. Being a good friend
  3. Public speaking
  4. Cultivating humor through jokes and puns
  5. Etiquette for business and home guests
  6. Cultivating creativity
  7. Foreign language
  8. Planning a party or a celebration
  9. Communication with the opposite gender
  10. Drawing (Arts and crafts: 5-6 hours per week each unit)
  11. Social Dancing (Arts and crafts: 5-6 hours per week each unit)
  12. Pottery (Arts and crafts: 5-6 hours per week each unit)
  13. Sculpture (Arts and crafts: 5-6 hours per week each unit)
  14. Singing (Arts and crafts: 5-6 hours per week each unit)
  15. Poetry (Arts and crafts: 5-6 hours per week each unit)
  16. Music (Arts and crafts: 5-6 hours per week each unit)
  17. Story-telling (Arts and crafts: 5-6 hours per week each unit)
  18. Creative writing
  19. Raising children
  20. Vision-questing
  21. Chi-kung
  22. Sports and martial arts
  23. Landscape design
  24. Home building basics
  25. Natural Building
  26. Divination
  27. Understanding crystals
  28. Understanding and valuing gem-stones
  29. Mentoring
  30. Giving back