Education is now at the fore of many Americans' concerns. But education is about more than teaching children how to function in life. It is a means of transmitting both a culture and a heritage. In this dynamic and far-reaching work, William Irwin Thompson, one of today's most innovative interdisciplinary thinkers, talks about how to transform a cultural legacy in the course of transmitting it. In the process of discussing this issue with the purpose of providing a home-schooling curriculum in the culture and history of humanity and the West, Thompson gives us a mind-rattling tour of our potential as human beings. He describes four qcultural ecologiesq using a broad-based intellectual vista that takes in an expanse ranging from the Gilgamesh epic of 2000 B.C. to Disney, U2, and Ronald Reagan. His visionary approach takes education far beyond the bland, watered-down curricula so many students face today. He not only presents a far-reaching system of knowledge, but suggests how we may stimulate the best and healthiest patterns of development in children and teenagers.The Seventh Grade Theme: Universalizing empires and universal religions (350 b.c.e. to 900 c.e.). Theory: ... Indian, Chinese, Roman, Byzantine, Mesoamerican, Islamic, and Carolingian empires and the schools of religion, philosophy, art, mathematics, and sciences associated with them. ... In the fifth grade, we studied the systemic shift to a society of priests and warriors. ... Out of this dark age, new prophetic figures emerged who tried to re-envision the moral basis of human culture.
|Author||:||William Irwin Thompson|
|Publisher||:||Lindisfarne Press - 2001|