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Alternative Education

Alternative Education as defined by Wikipedia is: “… non-traditional education or educational alternative, includes a number of approaches to teaching and learning separate from what is offered by mainstream or traditional education.”  So today we will look at the options presently available for education in the USA.

As mentioned in the last blog the choices after High School seem limited and include Four Year College, Two Year College or Community College, Trade School or Technical School, Seminary, or small private schools specializing in a specific profession for example The School of Metaphysics.  The term alternative can apply to the methods of learning or to the specific topic of study such as metaphysics.

We focus on an aspect or trend in higher education which I totally embraced in getting my Masters in Education which is still considered as alternative although this is rapidly changing to mainstream.  I speak of online education.  It can take the traditional approach of teacher/student force feeding, directed, memorization or it can take the andragogical approach of facilitated learning, self-direction, and practical application.

How do you best learn?  Are you one who likes to read, watch video, use audio books, or actually get hands on?  Or is it some combination of all these?  Most people are a combination so I strive to offer this in my teachings, although I must admit I am not very good at producing audio or video.  Be this as it may, Podcasting, YouTube, and other online platforms have become largely popular because they engage the learner on a more personal and interactive way.  Frankly if you never have the opportunity to test or apply the principles you are learning then you will not remember them long term and may never fully understand them.

I discovered that a learning program which offers an internship or workshops where the principles are applied in person turn out to be the best.  It really does not matter what you are learning, be it mathematics, computers, art, writing, theology, etc., application is a must.  So how does one do this online?

It is simple really, the course requires projects to be completed and submitted online, for instance art is done and then photographed, and/or videoed and posted.   Something is created and then documented and submitted.  For group projects or activities requiring other students or facilitators local activities can be created or attended.  Skype and other programs are methods of group interaction.  There are exceptions to this, for instance if you are studying oceanography and live in the Midwest travel is required for the hands on portion, just as it would be in Space studies.  Simulations are good and they are definitely used, but at some point one has to actually do that which they are trained for.

All the major Universities and colleges now have online programs, but they use traditional methods for the most part so approach these with caution.  How expensive is the program and how much support do you get for the price?  Are you just buying a diploma?  How important is that piece of paper anyway?  I say it is less important than you think.  Most employers want someone with experience and most schools do not offer this.  Doing your own hands on research into the pathway of your higher education will naturally lead you to the right program.  Here is the recipe for answering this question…

  1. Look within – What excites you?  What do you find yourself returning to over and over?  What are you good at?
  2. Look around you – what are your family and friends doing and how do you feel about it?  What are they good at and have you learned from them?
  3. Now that you have a hypothesis put it to the test by volunteering or otherwise doing just what it is you love.
  4. Connect with others who are doing what you love.  Network through online groups and see what education is required to follow this path you have discovered.  If there is no path you will need to create one, so while this may be more involved it can also be very liberating since you do not have to follow someone else.
  5. Explore each path of higher education carefully.  Question their source and motivations as well as your own while paying attention to how you feel.  Remember fear can be a constructive tool used to warn of problems but not necessarily a message to avoid problems.  There will be challenges so you will probably fail several times before you find something that works well for you.
  6. In the movie, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, the stars use whatever means available to achieve their goal.  Each form of transportation only took them so far and then they had to find a new way to travel.  This is precisely as life is, your chosen career may only take you so far and then you will have to change.  Getting a sound and broad education is valuable but can also be a trap.  Many people, including myself, could go to college the rest of their lives and be happy.  At some point I must get out and engage the world.  Do what feels right but not necessarily what feels the most comfortable.

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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Is College The Right Choice?

A college education is the single most important thing a child can aspire to… FALSE!

College is the answer to your employment troubles….FALSE!

Education itself is a life-long endeavor…True!

Please understand I totally support the value of education and learning, it makes us human!  There is no way to live without learning and like most other things in this world there are different levels and applications for this learning.  Babies are learning even before they are born and we never stop growing one way or another.  The physical body is constantly replacing worn-out cells till the day you pass on.  The mind is learning and growing constantly (perhaps a few exceptions) and the Spirit is expanding along with the Universe!

This said; how important is College?  Be skeptical of the statics you hear surrounding what you get from a college or “higher” education center.  The bias runs deep and because we live in a capitalistic society money always figures into the equation.  So I suppose your individual goals and purpose will determine if it really is the path to choose.  The medical industrial complex is deeply entrenched in the educational systems of today, so if you desire to be a Doctor, Pharmacist, Nurse, etc., then yes, college is your best option, although there are alternative schools which teach alternative methods.  Most hospitals and clinics will not allow alternative methods so you will not find a job there.  The Insurance Empire will not support alternative methods, and neither does the government.  This is slowly changing, so there is hope; just weigh these things carefully when choosing a career.  The best schools teach specific skills for a particular job, it is a step beyond vocational training. It comes down to a choice to conform or not.

The real bottom line on college is the cost vs. return on investment.   The College Conspiracy movie does a nice job of explaining this, but I also suggest you research our debt based fiat money system asap.  Youtube has some great videos on the subject.  A few recommendations are: Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview , The Secret of Oz (by Mr Bill Still), Robots Will Steal Your Job, but That’s OK, Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein.

Always question the source, if the movie is made by someone who sells precious metals they are probably not objective in the “facts” they present.  The above movie about college is from the NIA, National Inflation Association who believe we are headed into a hyperinflation period, so this is their bias.  Everyone has some form of bias, even me!  So I encourage you to do your research first and hold off on getting a loan to attend college.

Speaking from experience, the Student Loan system as it exists today is a scam, plain and simple.  Those who excel in this world are those who pave a new path and fulfill a need.  The more people you touch (help), the more money you make.  It does not matter if your service/product is a positive or negative (creative or destructive) input to society, as far as making money goes.  Money is neutral and so responds to whatever forces attract it.  This means you must choose to be a positive contributing force in society if this is your desire.  If all you care about is making money, then most likely the force will be negative, because this falls in the “service to self” category (read Law of One for more on this).

This subject is way too big for one blog, so I will wrap this up for now and simply say, Do your research with a skeptical eye and an intuitive heart.  There are many opportunities today, vocational schools, trade school, two year college, four year college, and more.  Generally speaking the sooner you start work the more you will make over time.   Outside the box thinking is required to excel and those who start their own business are usually those who make the most money (however this is much less true today than 50yrs ago).   If you focus on contributing to society and follow your inner passion the path will appear before you, so be patient and persistent.

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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