Raising Awake Children in a Broken School System

Raising Awake Children in a Broken School System

By Nanice Ellis

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Why don’t we tell our children the truth about ‘the System’ as soon as they are old enough to understand?

Regrettably, I was not awake enough to tell my young children about the game that we are all playing, and that their participation is optional. Fortunately, my kids woke up and after years in the traditional school system, they each independently saw through the holes in the system, and they left before they could be rewarded with completion. I’m the proud parent of three brilliant, and awake, high school drop outs. Luckily, by the time they had the wisdom to make their own choices, I had the courage to support them.

We are waking up but if we are still raising children in an antiquated school system, so what? We are just passing along the hypnotic trance to the next generation. I want to be clear – there are excellent and well-intentioned teachers, but they too are restricted, and pressured, in many of the same ways that distress our children.

Systematic  Programming

Traditional schools, in the U.S and many other countries, are training grounds, intentionally constructed to prepare children for The System. Public and many private schools are designed to program children to be asleep and stay asleep so that they will later follow along as adults. Our innocent kids are systematically programmed with worthiness issues, depression and the abhorrent need to fit in. Once a child is programmed for twelve or more years, he or she is well primed to move into the “real world” with beliefs and behaviors that feed and perpetuate a systematic agenda.

Schools are structured, in such a way, that rewards are given for following along, being good, doing as you are told, memorization and repetition. Punishment is given for speaking out, thinking for yourself and not following along. Schools effectively teach students to feel powerless and to question their worth at every turn – breaking the precious spirits of our impressionable children.

In many ways, schools use a military template in order to roll-out obedient citizens; long structured hours, endless homework, tests that create anxiety, and ceaseless memorization, with little time for recess. Keeping children sitting at desks all day also disconnects them from their bodies and the wisdom that is in the body. Many schools even look and feel like depressing military barracks.

When I was a kid, I would sleep walk as a result of PTSD from school stress. Years later, I would still have nightmares that I failed a test. I would wake up sweating – needing to remind myself that school was over. There is even more school stress these days than when I was a kid.

It is not uncommon for pre-teens to be on Prozac or other depression/anxiety medication because they are overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. An eleven year old should not even know stress! Kids should be free to create and express – to enjoy life and especially to delight in learning. No wonder the teenage suicide rate continues to increase.

Medicating Our Young to Stay Asleep?

Raising Awake Children in an Antiquated School System - Blue Pill - MatrixOf course, there are children who don’t respond to school programming and do not go along with the agenda. These children are diagnosed with ADHD or ADD, but what we are calling a disability or a problem is actually natural creativity – energy that has no positive channel for expression in a school environment. Schools cannot handle “normally evolving children” – so these children are labeled and diagnosed in order to have an excuse to medicate – and sometimes separate.

But that is only part of this problem, the real problem is that in order to appease teachers and school officials, many parents agree to medicate their children. Giving our kids dangerous drugs to stay asleep is like forcing them to take the blue pill in the Matrix! These children are asking us to evolve and we are responding to them with sedation.

The Death of Imagination

Our greatest power to consciously create lies in the “mental technology” known as Imagination. Everything begins with imagination. It is stronger and more powerful than any action that we take in the world. Isn’t it interesting that traditional schools shut down imagination?

If you cut off a child from his imagination, you have cut him off from his power to consciously create his life. The System does not support imagination because it needs people to follow along and do what they are told in order to feed and sustain it. If everyone used their imagination and thought for themselves, most dysfunctional systems would break-down very quickly.

To The System, a child’s imagination is the enemy, and therefore must be suppressed at any cost.

Unknowingly, we, as parents, do the same to our children – only because it was done to us, and we have been brainwashed to believe that children must let go of their imaginative powers in order to succeed in life – or rather to succeed in The System. When we are awake, we can easily see that true success comes from the power of one’s imagination and the freedom to express it – ultimately manifesting in tangible results.

Let me be clear – there are some schools that support and encourage the free and natural development of children, but the schools to  which I am referring are established, and run, by government institutions that are invested in keeping future generations in line and asleep.

Higher Learning

Education is essential, but there is a huge difference between memorizing information that you will never use and being able to learn something because it will positively impact your life, or open your mind in some expansive manner, allowing you to create and contribute to humanity.

There is so much to learn in this world, but traditional schools don’t address the most important elements of life, like communication skills, relationship skills, growing food, building homes, nutrition, natural healing, and the list goes on. If schools taught our children to be self-sufficient, confident and well-equipped for real life, The System would crash, or at the very least, dissolve naturally over time.

What Can You Do if Your Child is in The System?

I am certainly not saying that we should take our children out of schools or not put them there to begin with. I am saying that if we must send our kids to traditional schools that, at the very least, we tell them the truth in a way that is empowering and freeing and we not allow The System to raise our precious children for us.

If your child is in the traditional school system, it is imperative that you be a strong parent and resist the pressure of teachers and school officials who try to tell you how to parent.

  • Take your power back as a parent.
  • Take a stand for your children.
  • Stop caring what others say about you or your children.
  • Don’t be bullied by school authority figures – who want you to bully your own children.
  • Support your children in thinking for themselves.
  • Overcome your own fears of breaking free.
  • Find other parents who think like you.
  • Form support groups for parents – and for the children.

Let Us Become Responsible for Our Children’s Education and Development

Instead of teaching children how to get along in a dysfunctional world, why don’t we teach our kids how to create their lives based on their highest values? Whether you are a parent or a school teacher, you have the power and ability to teach children to:

  • Trust inner guidance.
  • Make positive choices.
  • Use their imagination.
  • Be able to say no and set boundaries.
  • Think for themselves.
  • Experience inner power.
  • Develop intuition.
  • Acquire skills for self-learning.
  • Gain high self-esteem.
  • Express inner confidence.
  • Master communication skills.
  • Experience and process emotions in healthy ways.

This might mean that you first embrace these things for yourself so that you can teach your kids, but that is also the point.

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When I took a stand for my children, each time the school initially fought back but ultimately backed off. I watched the school system (and a conventional ex-husband) bend in surprising ways to support each of my children.

It is important to acknowledge the restrictions placed on your child’s teachers, but this doesn’t mean that you should take no for an answer. Your child’s teachers can be your best allies in creating a superior school experience. And, don’t be afraid to kindly and respectfully educate your child’s teachers to a more enlightened approach to teaching. We are all learning and waking up together.

Most of all, trust yourself as a parent, and don’t be afraid to go against the grain, in support of your children.

My three children have excelled in extraordinary ways – for example, when my son, Travis, broke free of the school system at sixteen, he took all that “military time” he would have spent in traditional school and he used it every day studying things that he was truly interested in. In under two years, he mastered a musical instrument, taught himself how to draw portraits, developed communication skills, become an expert in body building and he even started his own business at the age of seventeen. If he had followed along like society demanded, at this time, he would be scratching his head and moving into the next phase of an inauthentic life.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, we must own the education experience for our children and not leave it in the hands of a broken system that is asleep and that is invested in keeping our kids asleep. We must create a school experience that, first and foremost, supports the well-being of the child – mind, body and spirit. Then we must structure education in a way that empowers children to thrive and to use their minds in ways that support the growth, empowerment and sustainably of the world. Education should instill confidence, inner strength, wisdom, intuition and the ability to learn.

Eventually our school systems will be built on this fundamental foundation, but until then, we as conscious parents must bridge the gap by raising conscious children and helping them to develop these essential attributes, in or out, of the current school system. This requires that we wake up and pay attention – that we are not afraid to speak the truth to our children, nor do we hesitate to empower them to think clearly for themselves. As parents of awakening children, we must be fully awake ourselves, and we must embrace the courage to raise and support extraordinary children.

Children who think for themselves grow up to be adults who change the world!

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Nanice Ellis has been a professional Life Coach for over 20 years, successfully coaching women and men from all over the world. She is also an author, Theta Healer and Master Neuro Linguistic Practitioner.

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  • Delynn’s BarberShop

    my son has autism.. i took him out of public school and am now home schooling him. I found this article very helpful. I sure do hope that a new approach to teaching somehow emerges. like charter schools but way better. Not funded by any form of government. I’d pay a good price for this type of education.

    • Kieran Brown

      You’re the best parent I know apart from my mum. Choice choice, wrecklessfreedom chooses to live in every moment.

  • This sounds fabulous, Brian!

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  • Kieran Brown

    Everything is a psychoactive drug. Every child has a heart that should beat to it’s own valves’ drums, not those of the architects constructing facades all over our foundations of truth….. that doesn’t mean the system isn’t a vampire, but supposing it were, where would the virus be found?

  • lorn

    So negative jezebelle. what have you to gain by attempting to invalidate somebody else’s pain. Does it make your own pain any easier to live with? I doubt it.

    It never ceases to amaze me the amount of vitriol people pour upon one another in these comments sections.

    How much better would our world be if we all tried to find some common ground with everyone, rather than looking for reason to hate. Peace.

  • Maria King

    Thank you for a brilliant article. Every word is so true! I’m only right at the beginning of my own awakening but wishing I had the skills and knowledge to replace the education of my two young grandchildren who I have guardianship of. Does anyone know of any natural schools in the UK?

    • Kristine

      Try looking up Steiner Schools. They teach kids through play.

  • Juan R.

    That is a reason why we are moving out of this country (Germany). In this country you are owned from day one.

    • Michelle Rene

      It’ s more about guaranteeing a slave labour class via the 3 tier- German school system, forcing children at the age of 10 or 11 to choose their direction in life or choosing it for them by virtue of the results expected in Germsn language, Math & probably Science. There is no option for or recognition of late developers so if you end up in the stream which sends you off to manual labour, that’s it…no chance of a university education or more highly skilled training. Their lack of options force wealthier parents, if so inclined, to send their academically challenged kids to English- speaking international schools or schools in the UK and the US.

  • AngelinaBalerina

    As a teacher, I found this article both simplistic and one sided, as well as a little offensive. Yes, I teach in a nontraditional school, but I assure you there are teachers everywhere who try to teach kids to think for themselves. It’s true the system is broken, but you take such a negative view of not only teachers’ intentions but also of their intellect and education (and I don’t just mean “schooling”) that I find it hard to back you up even if I agree with your general idea in principle. Your argumentation suffers from you jumbling unrelated concepts together (who says kids aren’t on prozac because of food factors, or disturbed families, or something else entirely? What research are you using as your source?) so much that it might dissuade believers before it converts opponents.

  • Brian DiCarlo

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  • disqus_GatNX7Kr02

    Why is money or, some ignorant belief always the answer to our psychological conundrums? Money & religion have no real value but, an education in a self sufficient lifestyle is very real and very beneficial to humanity.

  • disqus_GatNX7Kr02

    No thanks Brian! Religious indoctrination in our schools is no better that indoctrination of our politics with religious ignorance.
    “ISIS or KKK anyone”??
    You’ve just describe the cause of human conflict and hatred for others. A social conscience in reality is more important that nourishing spiritual dependence on religion.

    • Brian DiCarlo

      I think you misinterpreted that, and the context it was in. I think Nanice was describing how to stay awake in the current suppressive, spiritually retarded, indoctrinating, systemic agenda… Life( an incarnated lifeform) is Absolutely NOT about survival. How do you get way with that otherwise lol?? Existentially there is a instinctual “life surviving” through object orientation and for humanities good. Essentially, though, in Essence orientation, we are looking precisely oustide the objected sphere into what creates the object, and into the deeply Creative and Powerful nature of the Eternal SELF–formless to form. A HUman may be the sole Cosmic Agent of such unfolding Light, and the True investment (appreciating) in Love. So I am all for a Cosmic Conscience in a social sharing atmosphere, not the social sciences. What else would you take back with “you” back into Absolute Source when you leave the Earth plane experience? Surely, not any good ideas…

  • Michelle Rene

    Truth is relative…what is your truth may not be mine. Intuition is a nebulous concept and its difficult to access – you can’t teach someone how to recognise intuiition in 3 or even 10 easy steps. I would agree that scool systems globally are not good at raising the kind of human bbeings you describe and I agree with most of what you have written. I would argue though that the best decision a school’s staff must make is that there are certain situations where a parent must always be listened to and acknowledged that they know their child best. Better communication between a family and its school needs to be developed andschoold need to be a lot more trusting of the parents. I found that my child’s school would act in their interests first and not in the intrests of my child. I was seen as the enemy and though I won one or 2 arguments I felt that I had lost.

  • Shawandie Bennett

    I am in love with this article. Thank you. I have been questioning the school system, even been mad at it. But i didn’t know what part I could play. This has inspired me to introduce my step daughter and future children to new ways of learning. And I will not be upset with them if they make the decision to drop out of school to learn what they want to learn and start their own business/journey. That means I have to start now developing smart kids. And I have started.

  • Shawandie Bennett

    I am in love with this article. Thank you. I have been questioning the school system, even been mad at it. But i didn’t know what part I could play. This has inspired me to introduce my step daughter and future children to new ways of learning. And I will not be upset with them if they make the decision to drop out of school to learn what they want to learn and start their own business/journey. That means I have to start now developing smart kids. And I have started.

  • Zacki Twiford

    Thank you for this inspiring article. It was just what I needed to read this morning! Although I have 2 girls in high school and a son in college, I pulled my youngest son, who is in 7th grade, out of traditional public school last November. He is very bright and was a well-behaved “model” student, but he was miserable! He would get depressed on Sunday nights thinking about having to go to school the next day. Over time, the low mood began even earlier in the weekend and I ultimately felt like school was literally sucking the life out of him. I felt like he was losing his imagination and his creative passion but thankfully, I have seen it return. Your words resonate with me and I know I am doing the right thing for him, yet living in a small town where many are not awake, I sometimes question my decision. I don’t follow a structured curriculum and we learn about whatever he wants to learn about. We talk and learn about such a wide variety of topics but I occasionally worry I am not teaching him things he’s “supposed” to know. So, to wake up and read your words, which state many of the reasons I now understand to be true, was refreshing and gave me some needed reassurance that I am not alone in this journey.
    Thank you!! 🙂

  • Cassady Evans

    This is really an interesting and fascinating article that can cause a lot of controversy. In our time, I believe that our government needs to reform the structure of education. My friend who now works as a writer, used to work as a teacher, and he told me that most teachers do not care about the quality of how their students do their homework. They just act on the curriculum, and I got the impression that the curriculum is just a way to make students make boring and useless tasks that simply kill any creativity in the students. After all, just imagine how many interesting things a pupil could learn if he would not have to do a boring homework. In my understanding, the reconstruction of the educational system is the abolition of homework. If the cancellation is made, the students will be able to develop in those industries that are interesting to them, and only after a person begins to learn what he really is interested in, he becomes a professional in this field. Thank you for sharing this article, I’m sure that the author has invested in her a lot of strength and patience!