The Land Organism is a course that introduces teachers—and homeschooling parents, education activists, naturalists and transitioners—to the ecological science and philosophy of Aldo Leopold, by reading and writing together, and by engaging in natural and cultural history field studies of the Nonotuck Biome. This course brings teachers into contact with those histories, while also training them to teach what they have learned. (A fuller description of Leopold’s organicist philosophy is found at the end of this announcement.)
Teachers are provided with source material, practical activities, and teaching strategies they can use to enhance their own science and humanities courses, so their students are more aware of, and equipped to deal with, the rapid changes we are going through—in the classroom, on the job market, and out in the world.
Most importantly, this course provides a conceptual space within which questions can be raised that aren’t typically raised or effectively addressed within the academic-industrial-complex.
Moreover, these questions will be raised with the spirit of reform, even rebellion: with energy, inspiration and courage. Change never comes from the center (for the center is the center because it is insulated by all that surrounds, and is organized by, it). Change always comes from outside, at the edge, the forefront, the threshold. This course will bring you to the cusp, where change is possible—because we are “thinking outside.”