Urban Youth Learning Valuable Lessons About Rural Life While Visting Mason
Wednesday, July 9, 2008 • Posted July 9, 2008
David Orr argues that the “overriding danger [of formal education] is that it will encourage young people to find careers before they find a decent calling.” Most of these student had never touched a horse prior to Saturday. Crystal dared to actually sit in the saddle. As a result, her life and her ability to reach the young people she is planning to teach upon graduation are forever changed.
Rachel Carson believed that “it is not half so important to know as to feel.” Each of these students explored their capacity for feeling as they prepared the meeting space for July’s Young Philosophers who will be at Northpoint Ranch. They were grateful for the opportunity to be outdoors, to use their bodies, and to help make the space more comfortable and safe for those who will be using it next month. This lesson changes the way people think about how they live every day.
Students from San Antonio begin their exploration of the Llano River, pondering the wellsprings of author David Orr’s words in Earth in Mind: “We think of time flowing like a river. We cry oceans of tears. We ponder the wellsprings of thought. We are mostly water and have an affinity for it that transcends our ability to describe it in mere words.”
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