Todd Sepulveda, minister and educator, has created an e-book, “Education After the Collapse” available as a free download at EdThatMatters which informs us that the education community rarely thinks about education after a disaster. “We have seen examples of this across the country. Schools pride themselves with the coordination of conducting one fire-drill a month, but what is the plan in case of a “big one?” Who will be responsible for teaching our children? Will this be on anyone’s mind?” Todd asks.
If you and your family survive a disaster that takes away government provided services, the responsibility for education of the younger generations will fall on you. Not an educator? Never fear. Common sense will kick in here. There are three techniques for learning. Some people learn by listening, others by seeing demonstrations and still others by doing. In a collapse situation, to determine how best to work with your children, you will need to know how they learn. This will take some observation and experiments.
Do you actually perform what you were formally educated to do on a daily basis? Probably not. So what is the most important part of education? Learning to think critically. Problem solving techniques often involve taking knowledge gained in one area and applying it to another. Flexibility in learning will be a critical factor.
There are three basic parts to all education: reading, math and science. Reading is the most important. Once you learn to read, you can learn anything. Do you remember the slow process you went through? Phonics is the basis for learning to read. Letter recognition, sounds and image association all fit together. There is a complete process building on these base letters, advancing to sight words and then on to putting words together to make sentences.
Math starts with basic arithmetic of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. From there it advances to measurements and on to problem solving. Todd takes you through the steps of problem solving using the Window Pane technique. If you think about it, this simple approach for problem solving can be applied to all kinds of life challenges. We will all need to return to knowledge base strategies like this to overcome problems in a societal breakdown.
In a collapse scenario, science will be your friend. The knowledge of which plants are safe to eat, which animals should be hunted for the most nutrition, gardening, all come under science. Moon phases [link] and cloud identification to recognize upcoming weather conditions are basics of survival, too. Do not wait to download this ebook. It is filled with explanations and even flash cards you can use. Here’s what another expert in the survival arena said about this book:
In Education After the Collapse, you will be reminded that different children – and people for that matter – have different capacities and styles of learning. That said, within the scope of those differences, teaching children to solve problems and think critically is probably the most important lesson of all……But even more important, if you care about our world and you care about society, you will want to read the rest of Education After the Collapse. And after reading it? You just might – like me – want to stock up on some textbooks, paper, writing materials and flash cards so that you will have them for the children of the unprepared – if and when the time comes.
Gaye @ www.backdoorsurvival.com
Billie Nicholson, Editor