Posted by: theodorecosmosophia | June 22, 2011

Nature & Education: An Article from Written River (Print version now available)

The following is an excerpt from the Summer Solstice edition of Written River: A Journal of Ecopoetics.  It is taken from the manuscript I am working on called Creatively Maladjusted: The Wisdom Education Movement.

The best school I ever went to was behind my garage.
There was no actual school behind my garage, of
course, but I did learn a great deal there. I grew up in
the city of Rochester, NY, in a neighborhood with ample
space for a child to roam and play and in a time—
the seventies and eighties—in which parents had not
yet become too scared to let children roam and play.
The first roaming I did was between my friend’s house,
directly behind mine, and the space behind our garage.
It was certainly not a rural area, but there were trees
and bushes, cats and toads. Like many little boys, I decided
to build a fort. I spent hours behind that garage,
hammering away at scraps of wood, building nothing
much substantial, but able to let my imagination take
flight and to get my hands in the dirt. I would suggest
that this phrase—“letting our imagination take flight
and getting our hands in the dirt”—could be the foundational
principle for the future of education.

To read the rest of the article or to order the print version, see Written River: A Journal of Ecopoetics.

For more information on how this work is being applied, go to the Chicago Wisdom Project Website. The Chicago Wisdom Project will be holding a fundraiser on July 29th at Durkin’s Tavern.


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