Let's be frank, our world is not the same as it was 9 months ago. With recent political and socio-economic events, the collective consciousness has birthed a stillborn mission - to belittle, intimidate, divide and conquer. The "We" in "Yes, We can!" has been removed from all dialogue. In, the only personalized references given these days are, "I" and "My". That leaves out a whole lot of people to put it simply.
As an educator, I have taught all kinds of students from 2-year old Japanese kids to 45-year old Brits. Regardless of their age, nationality, gender or position, they share a need to know and my role is to provide a path to the content and strategies to own it. However, not every educator or administrator is at ease with the diverse student body they cater to. Not every educator or school community share the responsibility to provide comprehensive content that is culturally relevant to the students as well as reflective of our global identity. And lastly, not every child feels safe, nurtured, encouraged, respected or represented in those learning environments. So what are we to do? As I've mentioned before, the homeschooling and unschooling movement has grown and has become a viable option for many families; especially multicultural and TCK (Third Culture Kids) families and families of color. More and more, parents are taking a leadership role in where and how their children are schooled and what content they are exposed to. Bravo to them!
Good, effective and sustainable homeschooling and Tiger Mom practices don't happen overnight. Additionally, while homeschooling may be more socially common or accepted, the communities of support and resources, again especially for these families are limited. It is with all this in mind that my vision and mission for The Little School Project demanded revision. I continue to teacher-train and consult with school administrators and educational teams yet, leaving mixed and multi-cultural families out of the conversation did not align with my personal or professional values and goals. In order to provide access to the same products and services I deliver to institutions and organizations, I'm developing coaching programs, partnerships and materials (like The Little School Template, a curriculum model) that are affordable, easy-to-implement, compatible with most state curriculums, and supports the unique concerns and considerations of modern multicultural homeschoolers.