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10th- and 11th-graders at the Monadnock Waldorf High School visited the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Shirley this week as part of a civil liberties class. Below is an excerpt of an article from our local newspaper, The Keene Sentinel, describing the trip.
Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 8:00 am
By Abby Spegman Sentinel Staff
“When you’re studying the legal system, you’re really studying crime and punishment,” said Karl Schurman, chairman of the high school, who teaches history, social studies and English. “And we went to the heart of crime and punishment. Nothing can replace that.”
This sort of first-hand learning is customary at the Waldorf School, he said.
As part of their study on “Moby Dick,” students stay overnight on an old whaling ship and learn to throw a harpoon at Mystic Seaport. When they read “The Odyssey” in May, they’ll go paddling and camp along Lake Champlain, comparing their travails to the epic.
The trip to Shirley was part of a civil liberties class, which the students are either enrolled in or took last year. In it they talk about the rights of the individual versus the rights of groups, why the group may take away the individual’s rights and what is just punishment.
It can seem an unfair lesson to a 15-year-old, Schurman said, but it puts it into perspective when it comes from a man serving life in prison.
“They can’t just learn from books and yammering teachers,” he said.
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St. Mary's Monastery in Petersham, MA
The Tenth Graders begin their block on Homer's Odyssey with a water journey. The Odyssey has been a nodal point in the Tenth Grade experience in many Waldorf schools. In addition to being one of the great pillars of western culture, this epic is uniquely suited to meet the soul journey of the developing individuality of the Tenth Grader. Odysseus must find his way home to Ithaka in a world that seems constantly on the verge of breaking apart.
For its blacksmithing intensive, Monadnock Waldorf High School was fortunate to partner with the nationally known New England School of Metalwork in Auburn, Maine, the only craft center in the country entirely devoted to the metalworking arts.
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Six intrepid MWHS students made their way to Hanover, NH last weekend to attend their first-ever major Model United Nations conference at Dartmouth College, an opportunity for high school students to discuss international issues, meet other students with similar interests and learn public speaking and diplomatic skills. They joined over 400 other high-schoolers from twenty-four New England schools (including another Waldorf high school from Maine) as well as schools from California and Germany.
The MWHS students all represented The Netherlands on General Assembly committees ranging from DISEC (Disarmament and International Security), SOCHUM (Social, Cultural & Humanitarian, Legal and an historical reenactment of the League of Nations, to special committees for the WTO (World Trade Organization) and UNDP (United Nations Development Program). They debated and passed resolutions on a wide variety of topics including Global Counterfeiting & Piracy, Combating AIDS/HIV in Developing Countries, Human Trafficking, Distribution of Humanitarian Aid in Conflict Zones, and the Responsibility to Protect with a belief that yes, it is possible to make a difference in the world.
From Friday through Sunday, the students spent a total of nearly fourteen hours in intense sessions moderated by current Dartmouth students all of whom had Model UN experience from their own high school years. The atmosphere of Dartmouth’s impressive lecture halls encouraged students to step up to the best part of themselves and to really consider the overarching problems facing our world today as well as how to resolve conflicts through diplomacy.
University of Michigan Political Science Professor (and former member of the US Army Special Forces) Allan C. Stam set the tone on Friday with a keynote address examining the doctrine of “RtP” (Right to Protect) in light of the current UN actions in Libya. He noted that such a policy only became possible with the end of the Cold War and as a result of the notable international failures to protect civilians in Bosnia, Kosovo and Rwanda. He outlined three keys to success in pursuing any policy, or in fact any goal in life: knowledge, skills and attitude, the last being by far the most important, the determination to see things through and never give up. He issued a challenge to the students to go out and “do the right thing,” advice they embodied in the days that followed.
The tenth grade took a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston as part of their ancient cultures block. Here are some examples of sketches made at the museum as well as art made for one of the original cultures created by the students.
(1. The tenth grade in front of the MFA, 2. Fish God of the Lkasha culture by Noah, 3. Assyrian guardian deity by Lili, 4. Noah sketches Gudea of Lagash)