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But need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge.

Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea
But need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge.

Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea
But need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge.

Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea

Accelerated, asynchronous, divergent learning trajectories.

BUCKMINSTER COLLEGE

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Buckminster College is developing a groundbreaking approach to education in the middle and high school years (ages 10-18). Our comprehensive ‘Spaceship Earth’ curriculum is highly interdisciplinary, academically ambitious, psychologically insightful, and tailor-designed for students hungry of big-picture perspectives and deep-dive understandings. The general idea is that cognitive development in adolescence must be supported (and indeed boldly inspired!) along accelerating, asynchronous, and divergent learning trajectories. The aim is good attunement to complexity: the complexity of the world — and the complexity of the mind. The underlying theoretical and philosophical approaches are sourced from interdisciplinary research in the domain of pedagogy of individuation and thriving in the complex, uncertain, open-ended universe. Behind the project is a group of instructors and alumni of the Postgraduate School of Thinking VUB and the ‘Pearl Divers’ research group of the Center Leo Apostel (CLEA) at the Free University in Brussels (VUB).

The three current activities of Buckminster are the Buckminster Game, an international educational enrichment and adventure programme for teenagers, iMartian, an online English language immersion programme for children, and the Pearl Divers Seminars for everyone interested in cognitive development and creative individuation in adolescence (ages 10-18). For the 2023-24 school year we are preparing a Sprinbok Trajectory, offering an interdisciplinary part-time secondment to be combined with a regular school (ages 10-16). Our major initiative, the Buckminster High School -an independent, nomadic, part-boarding/part-remote international school following the International Baccalaureate (MYP & DP) curriculum- is a project in development.

iMartian (2022)

Discover Martian English on a daily 15 to 20 minutes basis and build your language skills each day with engaging challenges, in a small group, live, online and accompanied by a professional Buckminster College language instructor. Your little space traveller will discover and explore the English language during one year. Fluent conversational English on a B2 level is the objective.

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Spaceship Earth

‘There is one outstandingly important fact regarding Spaceship Earth’, writes Buckminster Fuller, ‘and that is that no instruction book came with it.’ Nevertheless, generation after generation, young Earthians join the crew with no choice other than to trust the orientation classes received from those who arrived here just a few decades earlier…

Befriending the Genius Loci: Bruges!

The teams of Buckminster Students and Players are formed in movement: between the residential and the online mode, between one Space and another–and in kilometers made along the cobbled streets and picturesque walkways in Bruges. Why Bruges, one might ask…

To Infinity and Beyond

There is a high probability that Mars colonization is going to take place during the lifetime of our children. And this is only one example. These children will have to navigate their way in a world where intelligent machines, many of which already exceed human capabilities, become part of everyday life, where jobs, even hi-level ones become progressively automated…