WHY SCHOOLING WILL SOON BE A THING OF THE PAST
Children as young as 4 years old are being tutored to get good grades on state entrance exams so that they can get into good primary schools and ultimately elite colleges. Yet, there is limited demand for individuals who excel at test taking but have few practical skills and are too deep in debt to consider apprenticeships. Some of the most desirable employers, such as Google, no longer look at college transcripts and are hiring a lower percentage of college graduates.
The two most famous technological innovators, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were both college drop outs. The richest man in history, John D Rockefeller, was a high school dropout. These men are outliers but not exceptions. Preparing people for success is not the main purpose of schooling and never has been. But sending children to school is especially misguided today.
An entire world of knowledge is now at all of our finger tips. All any child needs is the ability and desire to attain and use it.
A TRADITION OF ORGANIC EDUCATION
Leonardo da Vinci, said that “study without desire spoils memory.” Perhaps the greatest scholar the world has known, his only formal study was apprenticeships.
In the early years of mass schooling in the United States, Henry David Thoreau asked…
“Which would have advanced the most at an end of a month–the boy who had made his own jackknife from the ore which he had dug and smelted, reading as much as would be necessary for this–or the boy who had attended the lectures on metallurgy at the institute and in the meanwhile, had received a Rodgers penknife from his father? Which would be most likely to cut his finger?”
After the Civil War, Booker T. Washington founded the first vocational school for blacks. In his autobiography he wrote…
“It was my aim from the first at Tuskegee to not only have the buildings erected by the students themselves, but to have them make their own furniture, as far as possible. I now marvel at the patience of the students while sleeping upon the floor, while waiting for some kind of bedstead to be constructed, or at their sleeping without any kind of a mattress, while waiting for something that looked like a mattress to be made.”
A NEW ERA
Harrier is a young adult business program located at and centered around a cranberry garden and nursery. From growing and caring for the plants, picking the berries, cooking with the berries and making and selling products (plants, seeds, juice, sauce, cookies, bird houses artwork and books) the students are involved in all aspects of the operation.
Our mission is to assist parents in raising life longer learners and achievers.
All members of our team will be craftsman, mentors and educators. They will possess real and useful skills, know how to relate peacefully with children, and have great teaching and motivation skills. No one with a degree in education and or a state teaching certificate will be considered.
Harrier will be run as a nonprofit deriving revenue from tuition, grants and products sales.
More and more children are fleeing the compulsory government schooling system as well as private schools following Department of Education mandates. Over 1 million children between 7 and 12 are being homeschooled, now over 5%. The number of unschoolers is also growing; currently an estimated 37,000 children receive no formal instruction.
Fairhope Organic School, Fairhope Alabama.
Waldorf schools (200 in the US).
The first Harrier program will be in an operation in the Northeast US by 2020.
We are planning for a second, larger Harrier located at and centered around a bamboo forest and mill in the Southeast US by 2030.