If life in all its manifestations is only subject matter for education, family education should not be marginalized. This means that family education is an indispensable part of education and an unique learning place. This requires students not only need to learn in schools and communities, but also in family. They need to learn from their parents, other family members and relatives about family tree, family culture, they also need to learn how to understand and express their feelings, to treat others with compassion and love. As a result of this, a new kind of evaluation method is needed to evaluate students’ growing/development not only via schools and communities, but also via families.
Family is the first place for children to learn and parents are their first teachers. Therefore, in the stage of romance, the importance of family education is equal to community and school education. This requires parents spend more time with their children and government needs to make new policy to offer universal income and reduce current five days work per week to four days work per week at least.
This is the reason why we add family education into the Eco-curriculum. The followings selected organizations aim at helping parents to achieve this goal.
American family education
American Family Education (AFE) was created in order to bring together all the good of learning in a community, without limiting parental influence or stifling a child’s natural love of learning.
Children’s Home Society of California (CHS)
Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) is a nonprofit organization that is governed by a Board of Directors, made up of dedicated volunteers from throughout California.
At CHS, we view a child not in isolation, but in the context of each family’s health, stability, and resources. We believe that families are fundamentally strong and resilient. That is why CHS offers programs and services to build upon a family’s inherent strengths so they can move toward self-sufficiency.
Factor Program offers classes for the parents to help their children to achieve those goals:
Ready to learn: Involves parents in social, emotional and physical development of their children.
Mapping the way forward: Empowers parents to navigate the school system and achieve a technical career or college education for their children.
Twenty-first century skills: Provides parents with tools to help their children acquire skills that will help them gain success in life, such as: teamwork, automotivation, empathy, assertiveness, curiosity and creativity.
Making Caring Common Project
This project’s vision is a world in which children learn to care about others and the common good, treat people well day to day, come to understand and seek fairness and justice, and do what is right even at times at a cost to themselves. It offers many resource for parents and caregivers how to teach the children about gratitude and empathy, etc.