Hi there -
I'm a school teacher and I was thinking that
* permaculture should be introduced into agricultural high schools.
* can tertiary institutions like TAFE start doing permaculture courses?
* are there any local councils involved with permaculture - courses, council gardening/landscaping (I tire of seeing council workers with poison wands on spraying the countryside with wanton abandon)
*** My big idea is creating a wholistic permaculture school, where students from yr 7 to 10 learn system/pattern recognition & awareness, math, physics, chemistry - the elements and how they are used by life forms, design tech (metal, wood - carpentry, welding, mechanical studies for direct needs of the perma-farm school) + creative thinking + problem finding, biology-botany zoology, astronomy+biodynamics/astrobiology, economics & history+history of food, agriculture+economic systems (feudalism, fealty, freedom - differences across cultures and agricultures such as North American Indian compared to peons on castle grounds in the UK) - The central point is that knowledge cannot be put into a 45 minute timeslots accessed once a week. Everything is connected. So class time should be on the field, doing things and learning things that are directly applicable, not just examples on a paper that have some abstract meaning which may never be applied.
What do ya reckon, eh?