Dr. Richard Murphy, known for his thirty years of working side by side with the world-famous Jacques Cousteau, hosted a lecture at the new Marco Museum on Thursday, August 4th. Proceeds from the event went to the new charter high school, Marco Island Academy. Dr. Murphy has been working with the school in developing a unique academic program based on the ecological advantages that Marco Island and Southwest Florida have to offer.
Dr. Murphy currently works with Jacques Cousteau’s son, Jean-Michel Cousteau through his Ocean Futures Society. Through this Society, they have developed field studies programs for people of all ages. The innovative learning experience at the Marco Island Academy willbe among the many other programs all over the world that the Ocean Futures Society has helped create.
The lecture focused on how the learning curriculum will be much more hands on but also discussed the Society’s idea of “practicing what they preach.” This means not only living ecologically, but also finding an economic way to do this. Dr. Murphy stressed this factor while discussing the issues of how our world can sustain itself ecologically when we are constantly adding pollutants to it. This will be a crucial part of the curriculum that will be introduced to the students as they are the future generation that will have to deal with these importantissues.
Dr. Murphy took questions from the full audience at Rose Hall and also greeted all guests and signed copies of the two books he has authored. Dr. Murphy also hosted a nature walk at Tigertail Beach on Wednesday, August 3rd for students interested or currently enrolled in the new high school.
Make sure to look for an article in our next edition which will contain a one-on-one interview with Dr. Murphy as well as Jane Watt, Chairman of the Marco Island Academy Board. The two will discuss in detail the future plans for Marco Island Academy and how Dr. Murphy’s curriculum will be a different and interactive experience that is most likely to garner national attention.