Josh Shaine has been working with gifted students of all ages for more than 35 years, including many years teaching, administrating, advising, and sometimes directing programs for 7th – 12th graders through MIT’s Educational Studies Program. He has taught at public, private, and alternative schools, as well as working with special needs students, either at home or institutionalized, for school districts in several states. He was the headmaster of a small 7th – 12th grade alternative school in Boston for gifted “disgruntled” students. In addition to teaching and consulting, Josh currently organizes the Beyond IQ conferences near Boston and serves on the board for Hoagies Gifted. He’s more fun than this makes him sound!
There are many possible futures; some of them make for great reading or viewing!
Daydreaming about what the future might be like has been a pastime for kids for generations. Some of them grew up to be science fiction writers while others became astronauts!
Future Histories is recommended for learners ages 11 to 15. In Future Histories, we will look at famous and obscure future histories, seeking both common elements and major areas of differences. Some of our tales are set in a future derived from our present, either the near future or much further along; a lot of our modern dystopias are based on such things. So, too, some of the post-apocalyptic novels. Other settings are set in far-reaching times, 100, 1000, 10000 years into the future, but presenting events that create a roadmap of how they get to or go from these times.
Will your future include this course?
Sample Course Outline
This class has 8 meetings and considers different time scales in future histories. A sample outline is provided:
- Future histories
- Near futures
- Distant futures
- Project presentations
Future Histories is offered Fall 2019.