In Environmental Issues, students are studying Sustainable Communities. After determining the factors that make up a sustainable community and visiting a local co-housing “ecovillage” to see one firsthand, students in small groups are researching a sustainable community and presenting to the class on their findings. They will highlight especially effective initiatives in their community in the areas of energy, transportation, food, water, waste, governance and employment.
In History, the past few weeks have been focused on the topics of Manifest Destiny and westward expansion. Students read excerpts from the journals of Lewis and Clark, and spent one class period analyzing visual sources depicting man’s impact on the natural world. This provided an opportunity to look closely at a moment when history and environmental concerns linked up as well as a chance to analyze a historical source that weren’t text based. So often history is about reading, and analyzing historical writing, but this provided a chance to look at paintings and think about what they show about a particular moment in time.
“History at Chewonki is more intriguing than any history class I’ve ever taken. Every class is engaging and we explore topics in the mindset of true historians, leaving us with complex ideas about our nations past and its future. In class we consistently make connections to other areas of study which enriches our experience and lets us connect to the past.” – Ansley Harralson, The Westminster Schools
“I love history at Chewonki because we learn the whole story. We don’t just read from a textbook and accept the facts and opinions that are given to us, but we read a variety of sources from people with differing views, opinions, and biases to help us form our own thoughts and opinions on whatever we are discussing. Discussing these thoughts with my classmates helps me learn a lot, for their views are often very different from my own, allowing me to look at the topic in a new and interesting way.” – Eleanor Haskin, Nightingale-Bamford School