Topic: Designing learning environments (schools, classes, parks, events, etc.) to be more like forests and less like factories may be the best way to prepare children for ongoing global climate change and ecological and social collapse. Here's some ideas we'll discuss:
Aspects of Ecological Design of Learning Environments in a Time of Collapse
- Goals - Personal, community and planetary well-being
- Interpersonal dynamics are forest-like, learning happens through interaction not teachers pouring knowledge into students
- Learning environments, like ecosystems, are embedded in time, place and local community
- Curriculum content is focused on ecology and the study of natural systems and how a white world view of separation and power-over has lead to environmental and social collapse
- Curriculum organization, scope, sequence and pacing evolve in non-linear and non-hierarchical ways
- Assessment and progress tracking like an ecologist (i.e. observation and traces) not like a quality assurance agent grading meat (also naturalistic feedback)
- Individual differences are valued/grouping, all of us are gifted and all of us have special needs and all of us deserve an IEP.
I see this discussion as an opening to more shared activity in the DAF Education group including future presentation-discussions with other facilitators (perhaps you’d like to host one focused on your work in collapse education) and work on our curriculum task group.
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For those of you who don't know me, here's some stuff: I am a former professor (MA in Child Development and Education, PhD in science education from UC Berkely, professor of primary and secondary science at the Brooklyn and City College campuses of the City University of New York). I have also worked in the computer industry (Director of Educational Services at NeXT Computer) and the public school system in the USA (Science Coordinator and Lead Staff Developer for Community School District 2 in Manhattan) More recently I have been involved in K-12 Education (Co-chair of the Coalition of Alternative Community Schools, and Principal and Lead Teacher at The Farm School, an alternative K-12 school. I currently teach nature connection and nature-based science to children 3-13 as Co-Founder, Co-Director and Learning Facilitator at Hilltop Education Connections. I am also Director and Vice President of the Friends of the San Jacinto Mountain County Parks, Day Program Director, Counselor and Curriculum Coordinator, Counselor and Participant with Kids To The Country (KTC), Adult Coordinator of the Earth Guardians Idyllwild Crew, Taiji Quan Teacher with the Yin Cheng Gong Fa Association and Education Group and Curriculum Task Group Leader with the Deep Adaptation Forum. And, I’m working on a book titled Can’t See the Forest from the Schools: Steps to an Ecology of Education. Oh right, and I am certified in permaculture with advanced coursework in social and emotional permaculture. Next year I'll be lead teacher at Tsula Adohi Nature School (https://tsulaadohi.com
And here's some stuff about Igor:
Igor is a Master of cultural studies, has a PhD in social philosophy, is a community trainer, writer and a board member of Russian Ecovillage and Eco-initiative Union (GEN-Russia). During the last years Igor was immersed deeply into ecophilosophy and anticipation of civilizational collapse, as well as the world beyond it. In his first essay around this topic Igor wrote: “People tend to stick to the existing picture of the world and follow social norms to the last, people hope and cling to the habitual. Paradoxically, even in a situation of crisis it turns out that it is easier to be optimistic than to recognize the catastrophe”
For a few years Igor has facilitated events such as “Seeds of action. Post-apocalyptic hopelessness and hope”, “Post-crisis immersion” and the “New story of the Earth” transformative course, which included the Deep Adaptation four questions. Igor has joined the DAF team in order to strengthen an international web of people, who are ready to face the reality, to process what comes and to act with courage and compassion.