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A revolution in education is under way and it is starting in the most unlikely places.
The revolutionaries are not professional educators from famous universities, rather they are elementary school students, a growing number of intrepid teachers, and a handful of facilitators from widely diverse backgrounds. The goal of the revolution is the reconnection of young people with their own habitats and communities.

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Written by jolineblais (#1)
2215 days ago
Unfortunately the history of the humanities links it to colonial projects (teaching British literature to natives in India or Jamaica to 'culture' them), and so one way to check this elitism is to reconnect the texts and performances to the local ecologies that support and elicit them. Culture, as farmers and permaculturists use the term, is a verb, not a noun--a practice, not a text.

This connection of the humanities to the "humus" or soil that supports it, may offer an approach to making the humanities more useful and essential for local Mainers, and can link it to the emerging green/local economy--If you were at this weekend's Common Ground Fair [ http://www.mofga.org/TheFair/tabid/135/Default.aspx ], you know what I'm talking about.



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