Meeting the world, the sixteen year olds are no longer satisfied to know what it is, but wonder “How?” Process becomes the key to understanding: How do things happen? How did they come about? How did we get here? How do we know how it is? These questions apply to scientific inquiry, to human society, and to ourselves. All things grow, develop, and transform– can we know them in their process of metamorphosis?
The curriculum is rich with answers. Among them, Mechanics demonstrates the effects of physical laws; a catapult can actually be calibrated. The sweep of Ancient Civilizations shows how geography, technology, and religion create culture, culminating in a study of the Classical World and its influence on modern life. Weaving provides the artistic experience of how thread becomes cloth. The dynamic operation of law in society is the subject of Government, including the development of democratic ideals. Trigonometry enables the mapping and measurement of landforms. A beautiful study of how meaning arises through words is found in Poetics, and ultimate mysteries of life and growth are approached in Embryology.
The maturing mind is reaching beyond stability to understand movement and change. This more active thinking enlivens static analysis with new powers of imagination.