Dear Preppers and Survivalists,
Death in the Family
Earlier this week, my father-in-law passed away. He is survived by his wives, his daughter Katniss, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was a son, sailor, school teacher, an owner of a meat market and sausage maker, a hobby shop owner, and a father and husband.
He will be missed.
3, 10, and 30
For the past few years, I have been concentrating on the preps you and your family should be taking to survive an event, an event that might last decades.
Spartan and I were talking last weekend about a concept; we're calling "3, 10, and 30". This concept deals with how you pass on the knowledge to your children, their children, and future generations.
Home Schooling (3 Years)
For most families, home schooling is doable. You just need a couple of books and inquiring minds.
It's a waste of time. Yeah, homeschoolers everywhere are going to shout me down, but hear me out.
First, when we look at the logistic, every family in the neighborhood homeschooling their children is a waste of limited resources. Under the homeschooling model, every family dedicates one adult or older teen to the children's education, every household. Plus, similar aged or experienced children can't use the same book, requiring every neighborhood family to purchase the same book.
Second, looking at the available skills, the basics of many skills and trades can be transferred to your children in three years, take accounting, carpentry, baking, brick laying, sewing, butchering, and many others.
Your children will be limited to the trade and skills that you and your partner have the tools for, can do, and pass on.
I was tutoring someone last weekend, about chemistry. I had forgotten a relative minor thing, so I had to say 'I don't know.' Not a big deal, but what happens 'If'' the reference to refresh your memory is unavailable?
Schools and Libraries (10 Years)
If homeschooling is a 'waste' of resources for families living close together, a one room school house could be formed. Just like the model from a hundred years ago (and supposedly still used by the Amish, today) An educated young woman or young man is hired or 'volunteered' to teach the children basic skills such as reading, writing, and arithmetic (the R, W, and A not the three 'Rs ; - ). After about the 8th grade, the young men and women are either working at an apprenticeship, in the home, on the farming, at the family business, or headed to higher education, like high school or to the university, for a lucky few.
As you can see, this is limiting. There are few choices for those seeking an education, thus a collection of neighborhoods (cities) will have to come together and create higher education opportunities. These high schools will need to be supported by the community.
Remember: It's always about the Logistics!
Teachers will need to be housed or paid enough to afford to rent or buy a home. They will need food, clothing, and the other necessities of life, just like your family. Plus, they may need transportation back home during the harvest.
There is a reason for the nine month school year.
For those that stay home, the neighborhood or communities will need to provide a library (a collection of books with someone to care for them), so the remaining young adults and community members can have a source of information and higher learning.
Think "Carnegie Libraries"
These books may come from private donations, salvaged from former libraries, schools or other places, or created by surviving folks (if it gets 'bad' enough) from their memories and recollections.
Land Grant Colleges, Universities and Monasteries (30 Years)
I live in a college town, an old one for these United States. Some universities, especially in Europe had existed for 20 to 40 generations before the Americas were discovered by Christopher Columbus. These universities provided higher education for the rich, well-connected, and ruling classes.
Depending on the time period, these learning institutions provided an education in practical skills, such as Physician, Mathematics, and Military Sciences. They also provided learning in the higher academic disciplines like Religion, Law, and Literature.
That sounds kind'a like I'm bashing those folks, but understand: It's always about the Logistics.
Only these folks could afford to send their children to these schools. Of course, there are families that provide scholarships, even today, for exceptional students.
As knowledge increased, other institutions of higher education needed to be formed to train in the technical fields, like Nursing, Blah, blah, blah ; - )
What does this have to do with prepping?
Depending on the situation, you and your partner may send your children off to school, like any other day, during certain events. During others, you may have to provide for the children's education during an extended closer of schools because of damage from a natural disaster, epidemic, or ... In other events, like I suggested, you, your partner, and the neighborhood may have to reorganize the education system because what existed 'before' isn't coming back.
Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.com - Some Days Are Like That: The Homeschool Edition
Wikipedia - One-Room School
Wikipedia - Logistics
Wikipedia - Carnegie Library