Woolman Blog

Food Manifesto

Becky Garnault, spring 2010 student
Sunday, July 4, 2010

As consumers, we have not only power,

but responsibility to be self-sustainable,

Your choices are political.

The real meaning of organic is like a bodily function,

All for one and one for all.

Commit to advocate and educate.

Ethical, local, organic, mind, body, soul & planet.

Close the gap.

Leave no one behind...

"I Eat, Therefore I AM"

Woolman Students are Artist-Activists

Emily Zionts, Global Issues Teacher
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Youth as Peacebuilders (YAP) Project is an assignment in the Global Issues class at Woolman. The assignment lasts through out the semester and starts with students choosing a world conflict that they feel passionately about changing. There are 2 major components to the project--the first is a 10-15 page paper where the youth research and analyze the conflict--paying very close attention to represent BOTH sides of the issue.

Today, Not Tomorrow

Emily Zionts, Global Issues Teacher
Thursday, June 3, 2010

Global Issues can be a very heavy class at times. One of the many aims of the program is to seek out the stories of those people, places, and conflicts that most of us were not taught about back at our home schools. My goal for the class is not to provide answers but to encourage students to ask the most essential questions. This semester these questions have included:

More Than A New Website

Coleman Watts, Program Coordinator
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Welcome to the new Woolman.org! More than just a new website, this is a space for the Woolman community to reach far beyond campus, and to allow people all over the world to be a part of our community. On this quickly-growing site, you'll find monthly queries to ponder, recipes from our kitchen, blog posts on a vast number of topics, with more coming soon.

What's in Your Activist Toolkit?

Woolman Semester Students, Spring 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

As the final written assignment in English: Peace Studies class students assembled their "Toolkit" from the semester: concepts, ideas, tactics, readings, people, music, and art, that help them to understand, engage and practice peace and nonviolence. Here are some of their responses.

-Angelina Conti, Peace Studies Teacher

Finding My Land Ethic

Rachel Brazie, student
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

“Obligations have no meaning without conscience, and the problem we face is the extension of the social conscience from people to land.” This is what the great land ethicist Aldo Leopold says in A Sand County Almanac, that while we often recognize an obligation to the land, it is meaningless until we extend our consciences to apply to land. No statement could have applied more to me before I came to Woolman. I had a well developed social conscience, but only as it applied to people.

Gearing Up for Another Outrageous Summer

Casey, Sierra Friends Camp Co-Director
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

There are not many people who get to dress up like a super hero, lay on a sun-warmed river rock, hike through beautiful dappled sunlight and run around on a field trying to steal milk jugs from another team as part of their regular work week. I feel truly blessed to be one of the directors of Sierra Friends Camp, where surprises and shenanigans are part of the routine. If you know someone between the ages of 9 and 14 who could use a dose of campy fun this summer, please pass along this idea: Sierra Friends Camp.

Learning to Love Service

Ruthie Hawley, Student
Monday, March 22, 2010

Having never done any real community service before, besides the occasional Jingle Bell Run or Leukemia Cup Regatta, I didn’t really know what to expect this week in Visalia. I knew it would be tough work, but I was unaware as to how much the service would really move me.