Sphere College Project

A New World of Learning

Starting Classes

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On Tuesday the two classes of Sphere met for one hour each. I got the sense that each of the students really enjoyed being part of an enthusiastic and diverse group of individuals coming together, starting to get to know one another and discussing something they’re very interested in. The meetings seemed to be very successful, and the students should be congratulated for their willingness to take the time out of their schedules, to think deeply about the reading and to open up their thoughts to others.

It was abundantly clear, however, that one hour per week is not enough time to do justice to their efforts and to the readings, so it’s back to the scheduling drawing board for me to see if I can come up with something better. I’ll be trying to figure out how to get two hours per week for all the students. This will be tough, but we’ll see what I can do.

In the ‘Application and Learning Agreement’ (created largely by Pete Grauer with feedback from Garrett Sees, two of the students!), each person was asked about their interests and amount of time per week they can commit to their education. I’ve been looking at these to see who may like to participate in the development of the College itself as part of their learning activity. Priscilla Waggoner and Garrett are deeply interested in history (Priscilla has actually already earned a Ph.D. in History from UCLA and Garrett—well, just get him started talking about Alfred the Great and then you’ll understand) so they are becoming the archivists and historians of the College. Since Sphere College is heavily influenced by Black Mountain College, part of Priscilla’s and Garrett’s education is to begin learning about Black Mountain and how it is related to Sphere College. This is precisely the kind of learning activity I hope the College will be able to provide for all the students throughout their experience.

(Update to this update: I just finished rescheduling and was able to find 2 hours/week to get people together.)

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Author: Richard Liston

Musician, computer scientist, educator. I'm creating a new educational environment for adults.

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