In the UK some ideas have been flown about "Transition Universities" (see that heading within the "Education for Transition" ingredient
). What might a "Transition University at Los Angeles"
Discussion at Nov 2011 T. Enterprise meeting included:
- begin with a book club - defined reading list
- coursework requires in-person discussion of the reading (we also mentioned Google +)
- coursework requires a project -- hands-on, experiential component
- must be practical for the community, deal with the needs of the community (like Mondragon's school constantly adapts its curriculum to what is needed for the future)
- work toward an eventual "certificate program"
- coursework would walk the petals of Holmgren's Permaculture Flower diagram
- perhaps require Permaculture Design Certificate??
- could develop certificate program over time, offer courses sequentially
- first class could be forming the University
- tuition might be funded by a time bank
- University itself could be a co-op
- might look to some preexisting alternative education resources to help define it, resources such as John Taylor Gatto, John Holt, Grace Llewellyn, Blake Boles, homeschooling/unschooling movement