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Raising Awake Children in a Broken School System

Author // Nanice Ellis

Traditional schools in the United States 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 12 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.


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Schools are structured so 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: They utilize 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 sleepwalk 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 preteens to be on Prozac or other depression/anxiety medication because they are overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. An 11-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?

Of 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 rests 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. 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 so 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.


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 was optional. Fortunately, my kids woke up, and after years in the traditional school system, they each independently saw through the holes in it, and left before they could be rewarded with completion. I’m the proud parent of three brilliant and awake high-school dropouts. 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, then 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 too pressured in many of the same ways that distress our children.


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, at the very least we should tell them the truth in a way that is empowering and freeing. We should 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 back your power 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.


Creating Better Lives for Our Children

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

Whenever I’ve taken 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 16, 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 17. If he had followed along like society demanded, right now he would be scratching his head and moving into the next phase of an inauthentic life.


Pathways Issue 47 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #47.

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