"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 transform lives while developing Christ-like character in pursuit of lifelong learning and service led by faith over fear.
School Alive exists to comprehensively prepare and inspire students to realize their potential and find their calling at the crossroads of their talents and the needs of the world.
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 and relates 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, Process, Partnership, Implementation, Inspiration, Integration, Evaluation, Expertise, and Expression (PIE) in the categories of Genuine Design, Purposeful Guidance, and Structured Communication (GPS).
There is no such thing as a free lunch. Accepting government funding, more accurately known as tax-payer funding, often comes with unwanted red tape and restrictions. 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 are raising the next generation of Kingsmen and Kingswomen as Lions to protect Liberty and Truth. In God We Trust!