Elizabeth's work in education began with her love of holistic medicine (Master's Degree in Chinese Medicine) where she had a practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon having children and like many parents, she decided to homeschool. Largely influenced by John Taylor Gatto, and now aware that education had befallen the same fate as medicine, Elizabeth transferred her holistic understanding of well-being to education and, since 2001, she has been inspiring and helping parents to find alternatives to state schooling by homeschooling or establishing small, private schools.
Her area of expertise has been the early years, where she's convinced unnecessary physical, intellectual, and emotional harm to children is a consequence of the early education craze. Combining her understanding of holistic medicine and education, she helps parents understand how to prepare their children for developing their own particular genius, the right time for a child to begin formal education, and how to start the process of educating their own. She also mentors parents throughout the homeschooling years and gives them the support they need to succeed in giving their children the best education possible.
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