School news: Local students visit independent community

Randolph-Macon Academy students from the Utopian/Dystopian Literature class, along with teachers Brandon Sloan and Bryan McCabe, went on a March 21 field trip to Twin Oaks, a small independent community based on the ideas in B.F. Skinner's 1948 novel "Walden Two." Shown here on their field trip are, back row from left, Gordon Anderson, Brandon Sloan, Tyler Vaughan, Peniel Okonkwo, and Cheng Qian, and in the front row, from left, Jessica Neupane, Chloe Pham, and Motunrayo Bamgbose-Martins, a guest of one of the students. Courtesy photo

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On March 21, Randolph-Macon Academy students from the Utopian/Dystopian Literature class, along with teachers Brandon Sloan and Bryan McCabe, went on a field trip to Twin Oaks, a small independent community based on the ideas in B.F. Skinner’s 1948 novel “Walden Two” that details a utopian society based in part on the tenets of Skinner’s work in the field of behaviorism.

In the aftermath of the novel’s publication, several small communities sprang up across the United States attempting to employ the behaviorist’s community model. One of these communities, Twin Oaks, founded in 1967, is located in Louisa near Charlottesville and Richmond.

The R-MA group took a three-hour walking tour to explore some of the community’s 400+ acres, to learn about its overall communal structure and to view its hammocks manufacturing and tofu businesses.