Part 4 Section I in the Series
Education should prepare an individual for Survival, Care-giving of Dependents, Planet Stewardship, Home and Transportation Maintenance, Societal Membership, and Craft Competence.
Knowledge and skill in each these disciplines should be progressively obtained with specific levels of competence achieved at designated periods during the educational process.
General Education (Grades K – 12): By the time a student graduates with a General Education Degree (usually by age 18), students should be able to demonstrate theoretical and practical application competence in the following areas –
- Regenerative Farming and Food Preservation
- Farm Animal Care and Benign Raw Material Harvesting (wool, eggs, milk, etc.)
- Safe and Sustainable Edible Plant Foraging
- Compose and Prepare Meals for a Daily Balanced Nutritious Diet
- Design and Perform a Daily Physical Fitness Regimen
- Create Fire in the Wild and Purify Foraged Water
- Basic Self-Defense Techniques
- Mend and Sew Basic Clothing Items
- Build a Temporary Housing Shelter
- Swimming and Water Safety
- Administer CPR and First Aid Treatment
- The Use of a Map and Compass, and Celestial Navigation
Care-giving of Dependents
- Safe and Appropriate Handling of an Infant Child and Animal Companion
- Nutritional needs of a Child from Infant to Adult and Animal Companion from Infant to Elderly Adult
- Physical and Mental Development Phases and Nurturing of a Child from Infant to Adult and Animal Companion from Infant to Elderly Adult
- Financial and Time Obligations associated with Raising a Child and caring for an Animal Companion
- Laws pertinent to the Legal Guardian of a Child and Animal Companion
- Local Ecosystem Composition and Inter-dependencies
- Local and National Rights of Nature
- Wilderness Conservation Methods
- Principals of Circularity
Home and Transportation Maintenance
- Basic Home Repair (inclusive of electrical, plumbing, and carpentry)
- Cleanliness Practices
- Exterior Dwelling Maintenance
- Lawful and Safe Vehicle Operation
- Basic Vehicle Repair and Maintenance
- Written and Verbal Fluency in the two most prevalent languages used in the Nation
- Mathematics (Fundamental, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, and Algebra)
- Homestead Finance Management and Resilience Planning
- One of the Arts (literature, performing, visual)
- Proficiency in one Sport (individual or team)
- History (National and World) – a balanced and unbiased representation that includes successes and blunders whereby lessons learned can be applied to the present and future.
- Political Science (world systems of governance)
- Civics (Local, Regional, National)
- Biology (one of each of the major animal categories – invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals – human and one other)
- Botany (local plants)
- Chemistry (basic understanding of the composition, properties, and reactivity of matter)
- Geography (Local, National, World)
- Philosophy (historical philosophers and thought experiments)
- Problem Solving through Creative and Critical Thinking
- Effective Communication and Teamwork
- Computer Science (fundamentals)
- Participatory Management
- Business Structural Components, Interactions, and Performance Measurements
- Determination of Craft Aptitudes and Craft Interests
- Comprehension of Advanced Educational Opportunities and How to Access them
- Comprehension of In-demand Crafts at Present and Future Trends
- Comprehension of Local and National Economy Composition and Future Outlook
Associates Degree (3 Year Advanced Education Program): Associates programs focus on building specific Craft competency with two years of intensive Craft theory and application in addition to one year of advanced study in the Societal Membership section with emphasis on those areas most relevant to the specific Craft. Examples of Crafts whose functional competence may be achieved with two years of study could include Veterinarian Assistant, Automotive Mechanic, Horticulturalist, Bookkeeper, Dental Hygienist, etc.
Baccalaureate Degree (5 Year Advanced Education Program): Baccalaureate programs focus on building specific Craft competency with four years of intensive Craft theory and application in addition to one year of advanced study in the Societal Membership section with emphasis on those areas most relevant to the specific Craft. Examples of Crafts whose functional competence may be achieved with four years of study could include Professor (General Education and Associate programs), Chemist, Architect, Computer Programmer, Musical Composer, Financial Analyst, Electrical Engineer, Graphic Artist, etc.
Master Degree (Post Baccalaureate Degree – 3 Year Advanced Education Program): Master programs focus on building advanced expertise in Baccalaureate Crafts. Study is focused completely on the Craft itself. Completion of the program prepares the individual to perform their Craft with a greater level of knowledge and application techniques. Master programs prepare individuals for positions such as Professor (Associate and Baccalaureate Programs) and Executive Management.
Doctorate Degree (Post Baccalaureate Degree – 7 Year Advanced Education Program): Doctorate programs build on advanced expertise gained in Baccalaureate programs and are appropriate for Crafts where the scope of knowledge for functional performance can only be achieved with extensive study and field application. Positions that typically require this level of education include Medical Doctors, Professors (Master and Doctorate programs), Archeologists, Attorneys, etc.
Specialty Certification (A course of study of varying lengths: generally Craft specific with admissions to the program requiring a period of working experience within the relevant Craft): Certification courses may be offered through Colleges and Universities, Craft Unions, Industry Associations, or Private For-Profit Organizations. Examples of Specialty Certifications may include Herbalist, Fine Art Appraiser, specialty Software use, Interpreter, etc.
When transitioning from a linear and amorphous market economy to a circular and localized economy, targeted re-training of individuals at all levels of educational accomplishment will be necessary. This may best be achieved through Specialty Certification courses subsidized with Government funding. Online courses, whenever practical, would help limit costs and facilitate an expedient transition phase.
Modifying the Educational System to assure equal access and promote life-long learning for all Citizens will be covered in the next section.