On Friday night, March 11, Stella and I presented our vision for the future of education. The vision stems from our research in the Listening Sessions we are conducting, as well as from our own listenings and educational experiences. The new framework we presented holds the opportunity for communities to self-organize their educational approach and to provide a radically different education for their young people.
It was a wonderful opportunity to share and we felt well met by those in attendance. Our hearts were filled by their passion for the subject. What should have been a 20 minute conversation at the end, went for more than an hour and a half! What was so gratifying was the fact that the conversation centered around how to move forward and not about whether our ideas were appropriate for them.
The conversation around the circle at the end demonstrated the significant wisdom that was present. Everyone was engaged and the thoughtfulness, care and determination were wonderful to witness. We really began to see some possibilities emerging for future time together. Orcas would be a wonderful community in which to begin to grow this vision. Its size, its unique desire to be a model sustainable community, as well as the significant gifts of its residents give it great possibilities.
One of the most beautiful aspects of the presentation for us was the way the information we are learning in the listening sessions played such a major role. The innate wisdom of the young people we have worked with thus far is providing a platform from which to offer a new educational term and framework. The shift that must occur from an externally directed and focused curriculum to one that is internally guided and focused is echoed strongly in their voices as expressed through the paintings.
Samara Shaw held the vision for us to come and for that we want to thank her. Hopefully Samara, you will add your own comments or post concerning your feelings about what happened after the presentation. Just know that we are deeply appreciative and excited for this opportunity and about where things seem to be heading.
Thank you Orcas!