|Programs and Services|
|The 3 Legged Stool
The Border Education Project sees 21st century education as a 3 legged stool. This can be better understood by referring to the
3-way Venn Diagram. The 3 legs are the 3 subjects of engineering, language, and music/arts. Engineering will be divided into 4 areas-Electronics, computers, woodworking and metalworking. The necessary amounts of science and mathematics will be taught to achieve competence in these four areas. Languages taught will be English and Spanish concurrently, using the Dual Immersion Method, focusing on the thousands of English/Spanish cognates and the Common Underlying Proficiency approach between 2 similar languages.
Music and the arts is the third leg of the stool since it serves to supplement and reinforce the 2 other legs. Music has proven benefits in the learning of language, it helps to improve memory and the development of self-expression and creativity. The hand-eye coordination developed in music performance is critical in the 21st century workplace since the operation of many types of high tech machinery requires the same high level of coordination between hands and eyes. The type of teamwork required in music performance is also important in the modern workplace.
We will begin the process of establishing a charter school called The School of Manufacturing. To counteract the negative stereotype of manufacturing, the subtitle will read "Creative and Artistic People Wanted." Manufacturing is the process of creating something out of nothing, the same way a sculptor may sculpt a sculpture, and a painter may paint a painting or a composer may compose music. Anyone knowledgeable about manufacturing will tell you that creativity plays a big part in a successful manufacturing operation. Manufacturing, with its' higher paying jobs is the future of both the U.S. and Mexico and more manufacturing done here is a win-win for both countries. Setting up a charter school is at least a 2 year process, so while we are moving forward on that, we are also pursuing other avenues.
Community Empowerment Centers
Community Empowerment Centers will be places where students, parents and community members will be able to utilize the school for various uses. Students will be able to take their electronics, computers, metalworking and wordworking skills to build products and structures to benefit the community and perform mechanical or electronic repairs on products that their friends, family or community members need fixed. This teaches the students repair skills and allows the family or community to continue to use something that they would otherwise have thrown away and would have to replace.
The school, since one third of it is Music and The Arts, can be used to stage plays or music performances or to watch educational, entertaining movies.
Above all, it brings empowerment. When students can build or fix things for their family and community- that empowers them. When parents see their children developing the ability to build or fix things for their community- that empowers them. When a community can build and fix things for themselves and not have to rely on the government or corporations-that empowers that community.
After School Programs
After school programs are one. A lot of the things that are offered after school should be offered DURING school but since they are not, we are envisioning converting a bus or RV into a mobile Exploring Technology Lab with a combination machine shop, wood shop, electronics shop and computer lab with HANDS-ON activities that are both educational and entertaining.
Daycare; Creating An Early Foundation
One service we will provide is a daycare center where we will have a curriculum similar to the Montessori model except it would provide an early foundation for the later development of technical skills for the modern workplace.The Border Education Project works with the Santa Teresita Catholic Girl's Orphanage in Tijuana providing food, clothes, school supplies, AND live music, which is a essential component of child development. In the following videos-Executive Director Peter Honan is leading the singing of Buenos Dias, Y Ahora Vamos A Cantar and De Colores and he is the audience for this beautiful, heavenly Catholic Hymn sung by the girls.
School District Consulting
We will consult with school districts on how to properly implement technology education drawing on our combined experience in manufacturing and education. Technology Education is popular now but virtually none of the products currently on the market are teaching the right knowledge and skills needed for the modern hi-tech workplace. We plan to develop and license lesson plans and curriculum in the Technology Education field since the current selection is lacking.
Man vs. Machine-The Machinist