The year is 2018. Looking back, everything in the good old days of 2011 and 2012 seem like a distant memory. And yeah, at the time those good old days did not seem so good. But now they do. Why? The world and society as we knew it are long gone and we are left with a new world, a world without conveniences, without power and without a consistent and reliable food supply.
What I have described above, in my own words, is the scenario described in a new free eBook written by Todd Sepulveda, the chief editor at the Prepper Website. In his book, titled “Education After the Collapse”, Todd describes a fictional community surviving in the aftermath of an economic collapse. It is not a pretty picture and most certainly it will make you want to sit back and think (as well as ratchet up the preps more than just a little bit.)
But his intent is not to scare and not to create panic. Rather, with this brief introduction, the intent is to set you on a track for thinking about an aspect of prepping you rarely hear about: the education of our children and the leaders of the next generation.
School When There Is No Classroom
Using his background and passion as an educator, Todd writes about teaching and puts it in the context of the old days – not unlike Laura Ingalls in her series of books titled Little House on the Prairie. Back then traditional schoolhouses were few and far between. They were predominately in the cities and towns and only randomly scattered in rural communities. There were no electronics, no calculators, and not cyberspace and Internet to use for research purposes.
The schoolhouse was more likely the kitchen table, with Mom and Dad pitching in to teach their children and loved ones the basics of reading, math and science. And that is where this eBook shines: as a tool for helping you prepare for a possible time when a traditional school is not available to educate our children.
In Education After the Collapse, you will be reminded that different children – and people for that matter – have different capacities and styles of learning. That said, within the scope of those differences, teaching children to solve problems and think critically is probably the most important lesson of all. In 45 pages (including the appendix), suggestions are provided for embracing project based learning regardless of individual learning capacities and maturities.
Quite remarkable, if you ask me. After all, when is the last time your local school district even mentioned this?
The Final Word
Please do not think this eBook is just for families. The first section, alone, describing a fictional community after the collapse is worthy of a download (which is 100% free by the way). I read that and was immediately taken in to the future – a future that may never happen but is still within the realm of probability.
But even more important, if you care about our world and you care about society, you will want to read the rest of Education After the Collapse. And after reading it? You just might – like me – want to stock up on some textbooks, paper, writing materials and flash cards so that you will have them for the children of the unprepared – if and when the time comes.
For more information, be sure to visit the website Ed That Matters and download your own free copy of Education After the Collapse.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Bargain Bin: Here is a convenient list of the books that I recommended in every Survival Library.
Desk Ref: If you can only afford one book, this is the once to get. It includes 1280 pages of tables, maps, formulas, constants and conversions and will serve you will in an off-grid situation.
2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC: This is free so you have no excuses. Be sure to download and print out a copy.
The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook: Without question, this is my go-to book when it comes to day to day medical issues as well as survival medicine. Next to the Desk Ref, this is the one book you should not pass up.
Emergency Care: Pricey yes. But this the is book that may save lives. Perhaps a family or neighborhood group could chip in and share a single copy.
How to Grow More Vegetables: Decades before the terms “eco-friendly” and “sustainable growing” entered the vernacular, How to Grow More Vegetables demonstrated that small-scale, high-yield, all-organic gardening methods could yield bountiful crops over multiple growing cycles using minimal resources in a suburban environment. This is the bible.
All New Square Foot Gardening: This book will prove that you can grow a significant bounty in limited space. Just add seeds.
Nuclear War Survival Skills: Includes checklists for supplies, equipment and materials as well as detailed building instructions and descriptions of the genuine effects of nuclear weapons. There is also a valuable discussion of the purchase and use of potassium iodide compounds for protection of the thyroid gland from absorption of radioiodine.
The Forager’s Harvest: A practical guide to all aspects of edible wild plants: finding and identifying them, their seasons of harvest, and their methods of collection and preparation. Each plant is discussed in great detail and accompanied by excellent color photographs. Includes an index, illustrated glossary, bibliography, and harvest calendar. The perfect guide for all experience levels.
SAS Survival Handbook: SAS Survival Handbook is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. It includes everything from basic camp craft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster. Also the companion books, SAS Urban Survival Handbook, The SAS Guide to Tracking, and Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass.
I eat a lot of fruit (usually three whole fruits a night as a bedtime snack) and in a SHTF situation, fruits will be something I will really miss. The Freeze-Dried Fruit Favorites Combo from Emergency Essentials is something I use all year round. With the grocery store a 20 mile round trip journey, I like the thought of being able to rehydrate my own fruit, in the quantity I want, at a moments notice.
The selection includes Apple Dices, Bananas, Peaches, Pineapple Dices, Blueberries and Strawberries.
But not to be left out, there are veggies too. The deluxe supply of Freeze Dried Vegetables includes 18 #10 tins of the following veggies in various quantities: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Corn , Green Beans, Green Peppers, Green Peas, Mushrooms, Potato Dices, Spinach, and White Onions.
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