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Tools and Technology: primitive low-tech to modern high-tech, ABC Garden, Community Education, School

Tools and Technology
primitive low-tech
modern high-tech

ABCs (steps 1, 2, 3) of learning about TOOLS
at the ABC Garden.

In Education:
Start Simple and Small;
later, gradually get more Complex and Bigger.

Do this not only for academics;
but also, for community, ecology, economy, and technology, and more.

The ABCs and steps 1, 2, 3 are the simple, small, early steps in learning something. The ABCs of academics includes learning to count from 1 to 20, to add 1-digit numbers, to sing the alphabet, and to read simple, small 3-letter words. The ABCs on how to participate in a community, connect with nature, boost the economy, and diminish poverty includes making simple, small, basic stuff that is vital to communities as well as to the lives of individual people. The basic stuff is stuff needed by all people: rich people, poor people, primitive caveman, and the modern city slicker alike. The basic stuff includes housing, water, and food. Indeed, building a simple, low-tech, tiny, debris hut shelter is step 1 in technology.  Learning to use a typewriter would be more like step 58 in technology. Every student (primitive and modern) should spend at least a little time on the ABCs of community and economy, which is to handmake primitive stone-age low-tech stuff from scratch from nature. People, who truly understand the core and fundamentals of community and economics, are only the people, who have a basic in-depth knowledge of local nature (ecology) plus at least a little experience in doing for themselves some gathering and handmaking low-tech stuff from scratch from nature.  Like people cannot do algebra if they cannot count from 1 to 20 and beyond, people cannot help to run a larger society and complex economy, if they haven't hands-on done the ABCs of community education, the basic economic and technological steps from 1 to 20 within a simple, small community, such as an ABC Garden.

The point of modern man (children, students, etc.) spending, at least a little time, learning how to handmake primitive stone-age low-tech tools from scratch from nature isn't necessarily to forgo modern technology, but is to gain a broader understanding of economy and making technology and to explore ways to run an economy and produce technologies that are more helpful to nature and less harsh on nature. Having had an experience in crucial roles of a small community with a simple economy and low-tech tools, people are better able to sustainably run a larger society of a more complex economy with higher-tech tools. Although we can build computers without ever making a stone arrowhead, there are valuable lessons to learn from making primitive stone-age low-technology, such as seeing the gathering of natural materials from local nature and handmaking things with the local materials.  We see the impact we have on nature as we gather resources and we can work on how to sustain and enrich nature as we carefully use nature.   To the contrary, while most people go to a store and buys a computer, most people have no idea how the making of the computer impacted the environment; following, they take technology for granted as having nothing to do with nature. Making low-technology helps us to better understand how all technology (low-tech and high-tech) impacts nature, so we can develop ways of making technology that is more friendly towards nature.

In the ABC Garden, students learn about the ABCs of technology, to help students learn how to sustain and enrich communities, people, and nature.

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ABC Holistic Education Garden of Three Oaks, Michigan, USA. In the ABC Garden, students learn about the ABCs of technology, to help students learn how to sustain and enrich communities, people, and nature. See some more the class lessons learned at the ABC garden.
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