Let Us Become Responsible for Our Children’s Education and Development
Instead of teaching children how to get along in a dysfunctional world, why don’t we teach our kids how to create their lives based on their highest values? Whether you are a parent or a school teacher, you have the power and ability to teach children to:
- Trust inner guidance.
- Make positive choices.
- Use their imagination.
- Be able to say no and set boundaries.
- Think for themselves.
- Experience inner power.
- Develop intuition.
- Acquire skills for self-learning.
- Gain high self-esteem.
- Express inner confidence.
- Master communication skills.
- Experience and process emotions in healthy ways.
This might mean that you first embrace these things for yourself so that you can teach your kids, but that is also the point.
When I took a stand for my children, each time the school initially fought back but ultimately backed off. I watched the school system (and a conventional ex-husband) bend in surprising ways to support each of my children.
It is important to acknowledge the restrictions placed on your child’s teachers, but this doesn’t mean that you should take no for an answer. Your child’s teachers can be your best allies in creating a superior school experience. And, don’t be afraid to kindly and respectfully educate your child’s teachers to a more enlightened approach to teaching. We are all learning and waking up together.
Most of all, trust yourself as a parent, and don’t be afraid to go against the grain, in support of your children.
My three children have excelled in extraordinary ways – for example, when my son, Travis, broke free of the school system at sixteen, he took all that “military time” he would have spent in traditional school and he used it every day studying things that he was truly interested in.
In under two years, he mastered a musical instrument, taught himself how to draw portraits, developed communication skills, become an expert in bodybuilding and he even started his own business at the age of seventeen. If he had followed along like society demanded, at this time, he would be scratching his head and moving into the next phase of an inauthentic life.
Ultimately, we must own the education experience for our children and not leave it in the hands of a broken school system that is asleep and that is invested in keeping our kids asleep. We must create a school experience that, first and foremost, supports the well-being of the child – mind, body and spirit. Then we must structure education in a way that empowers children to thrive and to use their minds in ways that support the growth, empowerment and sustainably of the world. Education should instill confidence, inner strength, wisdom, intuition and the ability to learn.
Eventually our school systems will be built on this fundamental foundation, but until then, we as conscious parents must bridge the gap by raising conscious children and helping them to develop these essential attributes, in or out, of the current broken school system. This requires that we wake up and pay attention – that we are not afraid to speak the truth to our children, nor do we hesitate to empower them to think clearly for themselves. As parents of awakening children, we must be fully awake ourselves, and we must embrace the courage to raise and support extraordinary children.
Children who think for themselves grow up to be adults who change the world!
Written by: Nanice Ellis
Originally appeared on: Nanice.com
Republished with permission