Fast Food - Slow Food
Aug 13, 2015
There is a new awareness out there in the world, developing around the importance of ‘slow’ food. We all know what fast food looks like, how it is attractive, convenient and appealing to the senses, however the downsides are that it is unhealthy, unsustainable, lacks vital nourishment and contributes to serious long term health issues, both for the individual and the planet.
So what does ‘ slow food’ look like?
Fresh food, not processed, that has been grown organically or at least sustainably, carefully selected, prepared and served at the table with reverence and gratitude, giving us nourishment while consolidating family and community values.
This picture also gives us an insight into education.
We are easily attracted by the banners of seductive marketing and catchy slogans while being delivered shallow, content-starved lesson material, which leaves the human spirit crying out for sustenance. Fast food education is centred around quick lessons, assessable outcomes and meaningless test results, all things which have little relevance to human nature.
Steiner education is slow food for the unfolding individual. It recognizes the child’s developmental stages and massages the curriculum to suit. It lays foundational work through imagination, which will develop into thinking capacities in senior school. It develops the artistic nature of the individual, which builds a solid foundation for the cultural and moral life of every human being. This is slow food education, nourishment which can sustain an individual into their future. Slow chewing leads to good digestion.
At Lorien we are constantly looking at ways of developing the slow food menu, and I would just like to share with you some of the ideas that we are working on at the moment.
1) Improving Reading
Here we are looking at ways to improve the engagement of students with more reading and hence improve literacy and knowledge levels. A program will soon be rolled out.
2) Middle School Model
It is commonly understood that young adolescents face some of the most challenging times of their lives, and school needs to adopt and help young people understand and work effectively through these challenging times. Curriculum and pedagogy need to meet the students at their stages to allow fuller engagement in learning.
3) The Senior School
Clarifying senior pathways, developing Lorien courses which also meet BOSTES requirements. Identifying Lorien ethos in senior study. Developing Leadership within every student.
4) The Novalis College
As I have mentioned before, this will encompass parent education, as well as all aspects of teacher performance and professional development, mentoring and coaching.
In our school vision we are moving to a higher clarification and implementation of Lorien ethos and values. A determination of the values that the school stands for which underpins the policies and practices of the school. This will reinforce our commitment to the slow food education approach and help identify Lorien as a unique entity in the Hills educational landscape, not in competition with any other school, but rather as a standalone unique educational opportunity in a supportive and diverse community.
Director of Teaching and Learning