The Greenest School On Earth

~While so much of our attention is turned towards the impending war(s) and evils of the world right now, I thought it would be good to focus on some of the GoodStuffs that are also happening on this crazy-wonderful planet of ours. ~

Green School in Bali, Indonesia is giving its students a natural, holistic and student-centered education in one of the most amazing environments on the planet…The U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools awarded Green School the “2012 Greenest School on Earth“. This was an affirmation of the program we provide to enrich and nurture our students.

Our amazing campus has been created by master craftsmen, designers and builders, landscape architects and gardeners using a blend of cutting-edge technology and traditional materials and methods. The result is a truly inspirational teaching and learning environment that stimulates critical thinking and creative problem solving.

History -

“Green School was conceived by its founders in 2006 following their excitement at reading the Three Springs concept document for an educational village community, authored by Alan Wagstaff. The school opened its doors in September 2008 with around 100 pupils and a tailor made campus that had only recently emerged from the jungle and rice fields. Since then it has grown physically and in student numbers.”

“Green School combines the talent of several and very differently gifted individuals. Its founders, John and Cynthia Hardy, have been residents in Bali for more than 30 years and recognise a unique opportunity to create something truly inspiring and outside of the structural, conceptual, and physical limitations of many traditional schools. Alan Wagstaff, educational consultant and the author of Green School’s original curriculum, has been involved in cutting-edge education for more than a quarter of a century. Jürgen Zimmer, professor at The Free University of Berlin, brings his hands-on educational experience to the School that has helped him develop a global network of schools.”

360 Photo Tour

Nahko and Medicine for the People visit and perform for the students at the Green School in Bali, Indonesia…

Institutional Indoctrination

Schools have not necessarily much to do with education… they are mainly institutions of control, where basic habits must be inculcated in the young. Education is quite different and has little place in school.
Winston Churchill

There’s a line right at the beginning of the first video below about schools teaching multi-cultural lessons that strikes an *off* chord with me but overall, the video is well worth watching and the truth of it all is undeniable…

Government run schools exist to supply the government with obedient workers who will grow up to serve the government.

In our dreams, people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present education conventions of intellectual and character education fade from their minds, and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people, or any of their children, into philosophers, or men of science. We have not to raise up from them authors, educators, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen – of whom we have an ample supply. The task is simple. We will organize children and teach them in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.
John D. Rockefeller General Education Board (1906)

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People are not being educated they’re being tested for levels of obedience…

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I am beginning to suspect all elaborate systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself , instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he builds a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experiences.
Anne Sullivan

And all of this makes think of THIS -

Report Concludes US States’ Genetics Education Standards Fall Short

Not properly educating our kids in fields like genetics will lead to them graduate high school far behind kids of other countries and is setting them up to fall behind the global scientific community. It will impede their efforts if they wish to pursue a career in a wide variety of scientific related fields.  How can children who are ignorant of the very basics of genetics and genetic modifications be expected to compete against students from other countries who are much more educated and prepared to enter the workforce in the fields of medicine or scientific studies with much more knowledge than American graduates?

Failing to offer them the best education also leaves them open and vulnerable to abuses carried out by corporations like Monsanto, DuPont and the rest of their ilk.How will our children be able to discern when a potentially deadly genetically modified plant or food animal is introduced into their world unless they can grasp the concepts and science involved in genetic studies and modifications?

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – US high school kids may not be getting sound educations in basic genetics, and nearly all of the states do not have adequate standards to provide the knowledge required to understand the science underlying the advancing era of personalized medicine, according to a new study by the American Society of Human Genetics.

The ASHG study of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, published yesterday in the CBE-Life Sciences Journal, found that few states have standards that ensure that high school students understand the core concepts necessary for a fundamental education in modern genetics.

The study found that only seven states — Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington — have genetic standards that were rated as ‘adequate’ for teaching genetic literacy.

Of the 19 core concepts in genetics that ASHG deems essential learning, 14 were rated as being inadequately covered by the nation as a whole (or were absent altogether). And only two states, Michigan and Delaware, were rated as ‘adequate’ in more than 14 of the 19 core concept areas. Twenty-three states rated as adequate in six or fewer of the core concepts, ASHG found.

“ASHG’s findings indicate that the vast majority of US students in grade 12 may be inadequately prepared to understand fundamental genetic concepts,” Edward McCabe, executive director of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado, said in a statement from ASHG.

“Healthcare is moving rapidly toward personalized medicine, which is infused with genetics. Therefore, it is essential we provide America’s youth with the conceptual toolkit that is necessary to make informed healthcare decisions, and the fact that these key concepts in genetics are not being taught in many states is extremely concerning,” added McCabe, who also is a pediatrician and geneticist.

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