Saturday, September 1, 2012

This Year's Themes

This year, SK's oldest kids will explore the following four themes:

Farm to Table
Ancient Civilizations
Global Citizenship
Circle of Life

I love the natural flow of these topics. We will be smushing together the first two. I'm fascinated by the discovery of farming, also called the Neolithic Revolution, a true act of genius that is probably the most significant discovery in human history. With that in mind, we will take a historical angle on the farm-to-table theme, though there will be plenty of room for other disciplines as well, and for other, unpredictable avenues of inspiration.

My conviction is that each theme emerges organically from the previous. The development of civilization drove the concept of global citizenship, which was an irrelevant idea until the past few centuries (i.e., about an hour-and-a-half ago, relatively speaking). And that notion of citizenship in the twenty-first century is more closely connected to--intertwined with--the biological circle of life than it has ever been.

At the end of the year, we will return to farm-to-table, and we'll plant then--meaning that we will return to the concept, and the fields, at harvest time, as we settle in for the 2013-2014 school year. Stay tuned.

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