"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."
"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes."
Ephesians 6:11 NIV
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.
School Alive is a world leader in authentic education that comprehensively prepares and inspires students to fulfill their God-given purpose.
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)
7 Gifts (Isaiah 11:2-3)
🎁 Wisdom (Intuition, Wise Knowledge 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)
🍎 Forbearance (Patience, Longsuffering)
🍎 Kindness (Benignity)
🍎 Goodness (Generosity)
🍎 Faithfulness (Faith)
🍎 Gentleness (Mildness, Meekness, Humility)
🍎 Self-Control (Continency, Temperance)
🏥 Caring Healthcarist (Healthcare Provider)
🎨 Colorful Artist
🎲 Calculated Mathematist (Mathematician)
🔬 Curious Scientist
🖥 Clever Technologist
🔨 Creative Engineerist (Engineer)
♾️ Communal Religionist (Disciple)
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!
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1 NIV)
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1 NIV)
"So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:27 NIV)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew [chose] you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)
"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned." (Romans 5:12 NIV)
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23 NIV)
"But 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)
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16 NIV)
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace." (Ephesians 1:7 NIV)
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance." (Psalm 33:12 NIV)
"For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 5:9 NIV)
"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9 NIV)
"Jesus said, 'If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" (John 8:31-32 NIV)
"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" (John 14:6 NIV)
"Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed [covetousness], because these are improper for God’s holy people." (Ephesians 5:3 NIV)
"For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." (1 Corinthians 6:20 NIV)
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14 NIV)
"A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." (Matthew 7:18-19 NIV)
"Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21 NIV)
"For we are God’s handiwork [masterpiece], created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10 NIV)
"Fathers [Parents], do not exasperate your children [provoke your children to anger]; instead, bring them up in the training [discipline, paideia] and instruction of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:4 NIV)
"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." (Proverbs 22:6 NIV)
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14 NIV)
"In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life." (1 Timothy 6:19 NIV)
"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world [greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world]." (1 John 4:4 NIV)
"You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house [temple of the Spirit] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:5 NIV)
"Whoever spares the rod [does not punish or correct] hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them." (Proverbs 13:24 NIV)
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." (Proverbs 27:17 NIV)
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)
"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." (Hebrews 6:19 NIV)
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight [direct your paths]." (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)
"For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." (Philippians 2:13 NIV)
"Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails." (Proverbs 19:21 NIV)
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28 NIV)
"'Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.'" (Proverbs 30:5 NIV)
"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid [God hath not given us the spirit of fear], but gives us power, love and self-discipline [sound mind]." (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)
"What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?" (Mark 8:36 NIV)
"For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Galatians 5:14 NIV)
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Mathew 7:7 NIV)
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6:33 NIV)
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)
"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:11-12 NIV)
"Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will." (2 Timothy 2:25-26)
"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31 NIV)
"Then one of the elders said to me, 'Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.'" (Revelation 5:5 NIV)
"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'" (Revelation 21:3-4)
"The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen." (Revelation 22:21)
7 Heavenly Virtues
🛑 Temperance (Restraint)
🦁 Courage (Fortitude)
3 Theological (1 Corinthians 13:13)
❤️ Love (Charity)
8 Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3–12)
Blessed are the poor (humble) in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the Earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
7 Petitions (Matthew 6:9-13)
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven;
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation;
But deliver us from evil.