SEA-DISC (Studies of the Environment Academy, Drake Integrated Studies Curriculum) has been a tremendous help to me.
Conceived as a science-based academy that focuses on the environment, it has become much more than that. While the environment remains firmly at the center, it has no expanded to advocacy and awareness based projects. It attempts to teach approximately 50 Juniors and Seniors every year (over the course of two years) essentially everything they need to know to be conscious and responsible citizens of the world.
Projects as varied as the Creek Paper, which was the first thing I had ever written that came to over 10 pages (it was 45….) on the health of the San Anselmo Creek. We analyzed the water, the soil, took a census of the plants, and did what seemed like endless research to determine what had to be done. Then, in true SEA-DISC fashion, we did everything we wrote about and restored the San Anselmo Creek.
SEA-DISC isn’t perfect. But neither is traditional schooling. And SEA-DISC, despite some faults, prepares students for the real world in ways a traditional classroom setting just can’t. And also, without SEA-DISC I would not have an internship at RTC. I wouldn’t be talking to you, kind reader.