Made Alive In Christ

About

"Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved."

 

Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV

"Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army."

 

Edward Everette

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes."

 

Ephesians 6:11 NIV

Mission

 

School Alive partners with home and church to start children off on the way they should go by developing Christlike character in pursuit of lifelong learning and service led by faith over fear.

Vision

 

School Alive is a world leader in authentic education that comprehensively prepares and inspires students to fulfill their God-given purpose.

Values

 

7 Characteristics

   🔒 Safe

   🪟 Transparent

   ✝️ Christ-Centered

   🇺🇸 Patriotic

   🧬 Authentic

   ☝️ Individualized

   📚 Transdisciplinary

 

7 Capital Virtues Over Capital Vices (Deadly Sins)

   🔑 Chastity (Purity) Over Lust (Impurity)

   🛑 Temperance (Moderation) Over Gluttony (Voracity)

   💰 Charity (Generosity) Over Greed (Avarice)

   🔍 Diligence (Fervor) Over Sloth (Laziness)

   ⏳ Patience (Compassion) Over Wrath (Anger)

   🤝 Kindness (Gratitude) Over Envy (Jealousy)

   🪞 Humility (Modesty) Over Pride (Arrogance)

 

7 Armors (Ephesians 6:14-18)

   🥋 Truth (Belt)

   🦺 Righteousness (Breastplate)

   🦶 Peace (Feet)

   🛡 Faith (Shield)

    ⛑ Salvation (Helmet)

   ⚔️ Spirit (Sword)

   🙏 Prayer

 

7 Gifts (Isaiah 11:2-3)

   🎁 Wisdom (Intuition, Wise Application)

   🎁 Understanding (Comprehension, Insight)

   🎁 Counsel (Right Judgment)

   🎁 Fortitude (Courage, Commitment)

   🎁 Knowledge (Awareness)

   🎁 Piety (Reverence, Devotion, Holiness)

   🎁 Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe)

 

9 Fruits (Galatians 5:22-23)

   🍎 Love (Charity)

   🍎 Joy (Happiness)

   🍎 Peace

   🍎 Forbearance (Patience, Longsuffering)

   🍎 Kindness (Benignity)

   🍎 Goodness (Generosity)

   🍎 Faithfulness (Faith)

   🍎 Gentleness (Mildness, Meekness, Humility)

   🍎 Self-Control (Continency, Temperance)

 

7 Disciplines

  • Healthcare is the prevention, treatment, and management of illness as well as the preservation of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
  • Art is the conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words.
  • Mathematics is the calculation, measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities as well as logical reasoning and pattern recognition.
  • Science is the systematic discovery, construction, and organization of knowledge as a continuous exploration of mysteries in pursuit of predictive and explanatory power.
  • Technology is the sum of objects, tools, knowledge, processes, techniques, developers, and users emerging from and driving goals.
  • Engineering is the design, manufacturing, and operation of efficient and economical structures, machines, processes, and systems based on heuristics and the state of the art.
  • Religion is a system of sincere beliefs and behaviors that recognize the sacred which is set apart from society as extraordinary, inspiring awe, and deserving of reverence while establishing a world view revolving around the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe.

 

7 Practitioners

   🏥 Caring Healthcarist (Healthcare Provider)

   🎨 Colorful Artist

   🎲 Calculated Mathematist (Mathematician)

   🔬 Curious Scientist

   🖥 Clever Technologist

   🔨 Creative Engineerist (Engineer)

   ♾️ Communal Religionist (Disciple)

Story

 

In short, School Alive was founded by Graham Pierce Lyon to implement revolutionary changes to the educational system.  This was first envisioned in 2020 after a spiritual awakening and divine inspiration.  Graham has extensive informal education and a doctoral-level formal education including a triple major in chemistry, mathematics, and physics.  He is a Christian, Husband, Father, Eagle Scout, Patriot, and National Teaching Fellow.

We all know the educational system has problems.  A few of them include teacher shortages, teacher retention, teacher quality, administrative support, teaching to the test, one-size-fits-all strategies, transparency, industrial age methods, indoctrination, and lack of equal opportunities. Also, the push for STEM education lacks focus on other important disciplines such as art, healthcare, and religion. Furthermore, much of the content is devoid of a meaningful context.  Likewise, including God, even in a way that is respectful to the freedom of religion, is either off limits or superficial. Not to mention, many students are taught ideologies that are counterproductive to a free society by failing to recognize that freedom is not free.  Fundamental truths and values are slipping away.

Fortunately, human-made problems have human-made solutions. Graham's new Authentic HAMSTER Education model focuses on both curriculum and  instruction.  HAMSTER is a progression from the more common STEM, STEAM, and STREAM acronyms.  The seven fundamental disciplines of Healthcare, Art, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Religion rotate like a hamster wheel to illustrate learning as a continuous and lifelong activity with blurry lines between disciplines.  Seven is a number of divine completion, wholeness, and perfection relating to the days in a week, continents on Earth, colors in a rainbow, and more.

Authentic Education (System-Level) includes Authentic Administration (Administrator-Level) and Authentic Teaching (Teacher-Level) with the goal of Authentic Learning (Student-Level). This learning comes from an undisputed origin that is genuine and occurs naturally. For example, you can research how to build a deck for the next month. Learning may take place, but it is not authentic unless you are actually involved in designing and/or building one. In other words, the learning must have unquestioned purpose with content embedded into a meaningful context to be authentic. This often takes the form of more specific types of learning such as inquiry-based or problem-based learning.

Some of the main characteristics of Authentic Learning can be organized into  Plan, Progress, Partnership, Implementation, Inspiration, Integration, Evaluation, Expertise, and Expression (PIE) in the categories of Genuine Design, Purposeful Guidance, and Structured Communication (GPS).

Raising children is a timed event with eternal consequences.  You have one shot to help mold their minds and equip them with the Armor of God before they must battle for themselves in this fallen world. The education of a child is perhaps the most important decision a parent has to make. A student will spend approximately 180 Days/Year in the K-12 school system adding to over 15,000 hours of instructional time. Who is doing that instruction? What is being taught during that instruction?

Government schools as well as many private and religious schools have secular-progressive, anti-American, anti-Western, and anti-Christian ideology baked into them. Much of the problem can be traced to postmodernism, a theory that there is no ultimate truth or authority, and Marxism, a theory forming the basis for the practice of Communism. Moreover, power breeds corruption and politicians stereotypically say one thing and do another.  The consolidation of government power has historically led to the mass killings of Adolf Hitler (Nazi Germany), Joseph Stalin (USSR), Genghis Khan (Mongol Empire), and Mao Zedong (China).  In the United States of America, power is supposed to be vested in its citizens with a government composed of the people, chosen by the people, acting for the people.

Accepting government funding, more accurately known as tax-payer funding, often comes with unwanted red tape and restrictions.  There is no such thing as a free lunch. The schools that accept this money often have to buy into the standardized testing system, prescribed curriculum, traditional instruction, and more.  Basically, all schools fall on a spectrum from home schools to private schools to charter schools to public schools increasing in their level of government control. Even private schools often register with the Department of Education and obtain accreditation to give them access to benefits such as voucher money.  School Alive can be classified somewhere between home school and private school. It is a full-time "home school" that provides an alternative option for students opting out of government schools and does not accept money with strings attached.

We live in a highly complex and competitive world and find ourselves culturally surrounded in a massive information war with the reinforcement pipelines (educational system) under control. The United States of America needs to unite and tap into the potential of every citizen to remain a global leader of the free world. This is the battle for American minds. School Alive is raising the next generation of Kingsmen and Kingswomen as Lions to protect Liberty and Truth. We believe that real success is being who God made you to be.

 

In God We Trust!