It was 19 years ago that I took a leave of absence from my career in Chinese Medicine to become a stay-at-home-mom. My leave of absence stretched further and, like an increasing number of parents today, I chose to homeschool my children. At the same time, largely inspired by my mentor, John Taylor Gatto, noted author and award-winning teacher, I began to work passionately, with what time I had, to educate other parents about the benefits of homeschooling and to empower them with the courage to assume responsibility for educating their own.
After many years of working in alternative education and of researching, teaching, and thinking about education, what stands our for me is how fragmented our approach to raising and educating our children is and how we focus on the intellect to the detriment of our children's emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Real success in life does not come from just a training of the intellect; an obvious fact that is dangerously ignored today.
Children & The World
Children are my concern: my children, your children, everyone's children. In particular, I want your children to enjoy their childhoods, develop a passion for learning, and grow up to be their very best. I want to empower you to understand that you have choices for your children, and I want to give you the tools and confidence to make decisions that are based on a comprehensive understanding of what your children need.
Then your children will be able to grow into adults who excel in their academic, social, and professional lives, and they will make a positive difference in the world. By providing children with an excellent education and instilling them with a strong moral fibre, we can work to create a better world for everyone. It begins with one family—your family.
How I Can Help You
I consult, write, and speak about raising and educating children from a holistic perspective for both private schools and homeschools. Feel free to contact me for a private consultation to speak at one of your events. You're also welcome to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and to join my newsletter where I provide a stream of content to keep people informed and motivated on issues related to education. Raising children is the most enormous task; it does take a village and we are that village.
TESTIMONIALS: What Parents and Educators Have to Say About Elizabeth
"I know Elizabeth Hanson as a remarkably intelligent, highly sensitive woman with a moral nature and deep insight into differences between schooling and education. Elizabeth's mastery of current educational difficulties is a testimony to her comprehensive understanding of the competing worlds of schooling and education. She has a good heart and a good head. What more can I say? I wish my own children had had such a mentor during their own growing up times.”
John Taylor Gatto, Distinguished educator, public speaker, and best-selling author of Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
"I found Elizabeth's perspective on education inspiring and refreshing, and it has given me the confidence to take on the adventure of educating my own children. Her voice is an important one during a time of great uncertainty regarding the future of education in this country." Maureen M.
"In a cloud of confusion and with little support from others, my husband and I struggled to understand how to take responsibility for our children’s education. We then found Elizabeth, who became our guide in leading the path to fresh and rich teaching methods. Her experience and knowledge accompanied with a real sense of commitment in bettering our children’s education has made the impossible, not only possible, but also very easy and delightful." Y. Mujaddidi
"Elizabeth’s advice was caring, customized to our child, and consistent with what we had been learning about gradually over the many months of research. There was a great blessing in her bringing everything together for us, with simple, effective advice. Her experience was immediately apparent, especially in simplifying what can seem like the very daunting prospect of deciding and starting to homeschool. We are looking forward to more guidance from her soon." Aarif R.
"Elizabeth has given us counseling and guidance to help us succeed with our home schooling. When I feel overwhelmed, scared, or lose my confidence, she offers words of wisdom and encouragement. She always reminds me that children learn best in a loving environment and to enjoy my children while they discover the world." S. Snow