Insight can arise through a synthesis of the inner and outer directions of knowledge. Synthesizing what they have learned, twelfth grade students can expand beyond their own lives to a world consciousness that answers the question “Why?” Why do people act as they do? Why might I choose this road? Can I make a difference in the world? Why act in the face of great difficulty?
The curriculum helps provide an overview to resolve the tension between individualism and global consciousness. This calls for the ability to think synthetically. On the inner path, students are challenged with deep questions of morality through Goethe’s Faust. They read Thoreau in American Transcendentalists, and find his thoughts linked to powerful deeds in the lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and César Chávez. The study of Evolution challenges them to synthesize disparate facts, theories, and points of view, as does the question of the nature of light posed in Optics. The interrelationship of ecosystems is at the heart of the Environment course. Human interdependence is a central focus of Economics. At the end of the year Symptoms of Modern History asks students to look behind the signs of the times, and their insights often point toward the future. Effective action born of inner conviction abounds in the twelfth grade curriculum.
Twelfth grade students grapple with the issues of their times. They must step into the world of the present day. To do this, they must look at an issue from many points of view, finding common elements, central themes, and even imaginative solutions. Then they will be able to connect with their interests and passions, acting out of inner conviction, guided by their own moral compass, to the world’s benefit.