Welcome to the Learning Community's
Program Transition Page
Statement of purpose:
The Learning Community
students are committed to find creative ways to provide for an effective
transition of our program when our Program Coordinator/Teacher, Gary Bacon,
retires at the end of the 2001-02 school year.
We wish to ensure that our program, which has served so many students over the
past thirty years, survives to serve students in decades to come. We are open to
suggestions as to how to do this. We have been asked to suspend our fundraising
efforts at this time, so we are no longer asking for money (the Apprentice
Project has been replaced by this Transition Page). We have constructed this set of web
story, video clips, and suggestion page----to help you understand our program more
and to provide you with an opportunity to join us in brainstorming this issue. (These web
pages can be viewed by selecting one of the menu bars on the left side of this
Many critics have questioned the effectiveness of the public school system to
meet the needs of today's youth. Examples of the failure of public schools are
chronicled almost daily in the media. We are bombarded with bad news about low
test scores, increased dependency on drugs, rising dropout rates, violence on
school campuses, racial prejudice, and teenage crime. However, the real
bad news about public education and our culture is often overlooked by people,
in part due to the glaring headlines and sensational images in the media.
The real bad news lies beneath the purview of the culture and
permeates our daily life in more subtle ways--in ways that we can more easily
ignore. Consider a nation whose people are preoccupied with self-gratification,
material gain, and competitive dominance over people and nature, and who are in denial about the
negative effects of such behavior. Public education is not effectively addressing
these issues. Consider the role that public education could
play in combating this kind of self-perpetuating systemic bad news.
Unfortunately, we only start to see the underlying issues when the quality of
life starts to slip away or when our fragile ecosystem becomes endangered.
Consider how we as a people are easily diverted from life-enhancing activities
such as healthy living, collaborative work and play, creating sustainable social
and ecological systems, and service to humankind. Consider how important these
qualities are for our national and global well-being, for our very survival.
Consider how important it is to raise the consciousness of our youth and to
enlist them in the act of creative and conscious planetary evolution.
A working model does exist:
Yet, there are exemplary models in public education that have addressed these
issues and more. They are few; they are often misunderstood; and they must be
identified and sustained. This is where you come in. We would like to share with
you our model, The Learning Community, and ask for your suggestions for ensuring its
You can read about our successes in our books.
They are on our web page.
|Essential Education: Drawing Forth the Golden Child|
|A Journey to the Heart: Capturing the Spirit of Global Education|
|Each Writes of Passage|
You can watch our videotapes. Contact us for information on their
|Cuba Through Unfettered Eyes|
|The Learning Community Experience|
You can see examples of the research and service
projects that we have developed over the years.
|Oral History Projects|
|Grassroots Service Projects in Kenya|
|Hurricane Relief in Central America|
|US-Cuba Foreign Policy Research|
You can see a listing of local, state, and national awards and recognition
that have been conferred on our program by viewing the Awards Page. Thank you
for supporting our efforts to sustain our program.
Gary Bacon, Ph.D.
The Learning Community
Questions of feedback may be e-mailed to Gary