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Gregory Louie

Piedmont Aquaponics

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Starting a "Green School"

If you were starting a Green School for your local community, what features would you build into both the hardware (physical infrastructure) and the software (educational community infrastructure)?


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    Nov 19 2012: Hi James, Madhavi and Patrick,

    Thank you all for replying.

    James ... Yes! A clear mind is always a great place to start. After clearing your mind, I love how you started with a question. How to we become registrants of nature or amplifiers of nature or conduits of nature?

    As a lover of wisdom and a student of the Socratic Method, I ask, what is a true education? And I am reminded of the Latin etymological roots of the word education. It comes from "e" "ducare" which could be translated as drawing out. what else shall we draw out except the truth found in one's own heart?

    I'll get back to your question after I respond to Madhavi's and Patrick's comments.

    Madhavi... Ahh, yes. You are wise to adapt your ideal school to your unique environment. I believe that authentic education has to grow organically out of each unique environment it finds itself in. And I agree that a fundamental human need is our need to connect with nature.

    Patrick ... Of course, everything is a process, or as the Chinese say, "A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step." And yes, the fundamental ideas are foundational, so what ideas for you are the key ideas in education?


    I want to roll all of your comments together with my own understanding and speak of my own vision.

    As a young teacher of the martial arts, a wonderful teacher told me to never stop practicing. He said that only by practicing my own art can my teaching come alive.

    So I ask myself, how can I draw myself out, or as James and Madhavi might ask, how can I or have I become an authentic conduit of or connect with my own true inner and outer nature?

    When I discover my own path, or as Patrick might say, the key ideas of life, then I believe that I will attract just the right students who are ready to learn from me.

    So in my ideal school, I would start by finding those who have mastered their own lives and feel the call to leave behind a legacy for the next generation.



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