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Despite a common fecundity, every place on earth bespeaks its own rhythm of life. Each continent has its own spirit of place which it imparts to its distinctive species of plants and animals, its human races. So does every country, every locality. Even great cities impart their own special essence, apart from their architectural and cultural backgrounds. And within them, one runs into a barrio, a neighborhood, that seems to exude a sense of peace or evil without apparent cause. There is no accounting for the mysterious magnetism that draws and holds us to that one locality we know as our heart’s home, whose karmic propensities or simple vibratory quality may coincide with our own. From Mountain Dialogues
Our Four Tenants:
Self-discovery + Personal Growth
The question of the role of education in social change demands a whole systems view which looks at change in society and culture, and the opportunities and dynamics this affords in the relation between education and society. . . . It takes us from a model of education as one of social reproduction and maintenance, towards a vision of continuous re-creation or co-evolution where both education and society (or at least parts of them) are engaged in a relationship of mutual transformation. (Sterling, pp. 50-51)
In traditional Native American society “the goal” of education “is to ensure personal growth and then to develop professional expertise” (Deloria, Jr., 2001, p. 43)
Today, educational systems in the United States can be characterized as being primarily focused on reacting to the wake of a ship. This ship could be our low international ranking in education, our school and community violence, the global economy or even environmental distress.
Instead of reacting, which is acting as a direct result of something else, we believe that educational systems should shift the orientation and act for a particular purpose.
ROOTS2CHANGE Education believes that learning is collaborative. We help forge the relationship between teachers, students, and the community to create an authentic and engaging learning environment that supports high levels of achievement and community growth.
We accomplish this through project based learning that inspires both teachers and student engagement within the community to actively engage in rigorous instruction that prepares students for academic and professional success.