RBF / USPO

Curriculum Norms

Kirby Urner
2 min readJan 27, 2024

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If you’re at all aware of the syllabus we’re using here (School of Tomorrow), then you know we’re interested in electrical grids and power plants, as well as in off grid village communities that supply their own power locally. This focus inherits from a “lense adjustment” some call World Game, wherein we’re “brainwashed” (deprogrammed) to see the whole earth as a single campus, versus a set of fenced in areas in some grave battle for world domination.

Consequent to said viewpoint is our awareness of an emerging set of local networks increasingly interconnected by high voltage lines (HVDC). We don’t stop at pipelines, or shipping lanes, when it comes to studying energy networks. We look at grids. Even when discouraged from doing so by misinformation campaigns.

Where do we find teenagers getting schooling similar to ours? Sometimes through the Speech and Debate subculture. Past teams have taken up whether the GENI agenda makes sense: eventually hooking the east and west hemispheres in a power sharing scheme, a global grid. We already know of some Chinese companies expressing an interest in this idea, given engineering projects they’ve already taken on. The plans have been in circulation for decades by this time.

However, the better way to pass the torch on these topics to a next generation is through the internet more generally. We start in middle school with the Fuller Projection and the controversies surrounding projections in general, a politically charged topic. We start in STEM with ball packing exercises and the short computer programs that serve as sequence generators. Whole earth visualization starts with a Jupyter environment in many cases, has we’re pulling in data sets, and displaying them geographically.

By high school, we’re used to the idea that RBF was one of the great American pragmatists, also a realist. I’m not saying that’s a high school you remember, or have in your neighborhood. The normative standards I’m promulgating, as a principal, probably seem exclusionary if you’re in a corporate run state school in North America. You may think my international school focus is elitist and inappropriate per the standards of your community. That wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

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[ reprinted from Grain of Sand (blog) ]

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