Matt Powers was raised in New England ski racing, attended NYU and played in bands as a studio and touring musician for many years. Now he is a teacher, author, family guy, blogger & permaculturist living in the foothills of Central Valley California between Yosemite National Park and Fresno. He is focused on permaculture education, alternative schooling, intentional community building, farming, family, faith & music.
Matt teaches at a charter/public school, Minarets High School in O’Neils, CA, where all 10-12th graders have macbook laptops (less than 500 kids attend the school total). Almost everything is online save a few class sets of books like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. It is a projects-based school that is student-centered and focused on choice.
He joins us today to discuss, Permaculture Youth Education (Pre-College) and how that can impact society for the better. He is also the author of The Permaculture Student textbook series which is his take on why we need to have permaculture as the backbone of our education system.
Today we will be discussing his books and the need for there to be permaculture history, architecture and even coloring books. Discussing alternative schooling, the way the mind actually learns, how abstraction is bad for the mind, and how permaculture can fix it, even in a public school context (as long as it is non-compulsory public ed).
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