Education after the Apocalypse

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It’s “Back-to-School” time.

Do you have children? If your children are grown, what about grandchildren?

Picture in your mind if some kind of long-term disaster should strike. (I’m speaking of some kind of massive life-altering event such as a war on home soil, an EMP event, or a wide-spread shut down from a contagion.)

Many everyday activities that we often take for granted would most likely be disrupted…and that would include school for children.

So have you thought about what you would do in response?

Have you made any kind if preparations if you were to ever find yourself as the school, principal, and teacher for your children?

If not, you may want to consider doing so.

For those of you who already homeschool, this would not be such a challenge because you already fill the roles of school, principal, and teacher mentioned above. But for those of you who do not, thought should be put into what, (if any,) kind of formal education would be continued after a “new normal” would be established after an apocalyptic event.

To begin, you must recognize that you would need to prepare for no access to the technology that we depend on for education today. Most likely, the infrastructures that we utilize for information would not be operational, and therefore, would not be available as a resource. Collecting books, articles, and other kinds of written educational materials would fill in the void left by our dependence on electronic media, so I recommend that you begin to gather these materials when it is convenient to do so. (I said “when it is convenient” because one must obviously prepare for survival needs first before one prepares for something such as education.)

As you gather written materials, consider the areas of education that you would wish to teach. The most important would be the basics, of course. In fact, if you focused on gathering only a few things, make sure you would have the means to teach reading, writing, and math. Why? Because if you have the ability to teach these subjects, your children would be at least literate and skilled enough to learn other subjects on their own if other materials are stumbled upon later. As for myself, I have been collecting books, posters, hands-on manipulatives, and other tools to teach religion, literacy, math, history, science, civics, geography, art, and music. It may sound ambitious, but it is really not that complicated. Here are some specific suggestions that could help accomplish this:

  • a phonics/literacy program for teaching reading (I use the Spalding Method.)
  • elementary level handwriting samples for learning writing
  • a math curriculum (I highly recommend Saxon Math.)
  • scriptures (Depending on your beliefs, this could be an absolute need.)
  • a set of encyclopedias (Do you remember these? For education, it was like the internet…before the internet.)
  • copies of important civic documents (Have written copies of documents which serve as the rule of law wherever you live, such as the U.S. Constitution. Why? How could you ever hope to return to any rule of law if you have no clue what that might be?)
  • several nature field guides (They are excellent for teaching science hands-on.)
  • local, national, and world maps
  • basic music instruction books and instruments (Do this as desired, but it should be noted that the benefits of learning music are many.)

You should also gather and store some other supplies as well. Storing some consumables would be helpful such as pencils and paper, but it would also be helpful to store reusable school items such as personal blackboards. (Think of the slates once used in one-room schoolhouses!) Whatever you choose to gather, you should know that the “back-to-school” sales this time of year is the best time to stock up on such things. Other suggestions of what you could collect would be DIY recipes for ink, chalk, and art supplies, and any necessary materials to make them. In reality, whatever you think would make a great addition to your preps for the use of education is fair game.

This is all just a quick sampling of the educational items you could store for the occasion if you ever had the need to instruct your children. There are also many websites dedicated to the idea of educating on your own since many do this already. As for those who already homeschool, they should not be complacent in preparing for disaster scenarios either. If the current homeschooler is heavily dependent on technology and internet access for their education, they would not be in much better shape than those who attended school elsewhere. It would be wise for all who have children (or even grandchildren) to prepare for education after the apocalypse.


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