GVS & Unitarian Families
How can Unitarian Universalist (UU) families provide their children with an education aligned with UU values? Global Village School can help.
Founded in 1999, the creation of Global Village School was fueled by deep concerns about violence, discrimination, and the state of the planet, along with a compelling vision of a better world. We are an international K-12 homeschool diploma program that empowers students to cultivate their gifts and passions by engaging them in a creative, flexible education process grounded in the principles of peace, justice, diversity, and sustainability. We partner with schools, groups, and individual families to provide the kind of education that prepares students to be wise and capable stewards of the planet and each other.
UU families are welcome to enroll their children in Global Village School. Global Village will be the official “school of record,” maintaining student files, providing written evaluations, issuing official transcripts, and providing diplomas upon graduation. We will provide curriculum (regular or customized) and individualized teacher support. Families can also choose to purchase curriculum only, or to work with Global Village teachers on selected courses. Other families may wish to have us develop a customized curriculum for them, and then work with it on their own. Families can also use our learning styles profile, whether or not they wish to enroll.
Global Village School (GVS) and Unitarian Universalists share the same values and principles:
Our values include peace, compassion, justice, sustainability, community, integrity, appreciation of diversity, caring for the Earth and our fellow beings, creativity, and living an authentic and meaningful life.
Like UU’s, we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, we have deep respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, and we have the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
It is from these values and beliefs that Global Village courses such as Planetary Stewardship, Literature of Diversity, The History of Civil Rights in the U.S., International Human Rights, and Reflections on Peacemaking have emerged.
How our program works:
Global Village families choose between structured text and online curriculum; fully customized curriculum based on their individual interests, needs, and learning styles; or – for those who are already experienced homeschoolers – using their own curriculum. We offer a wide variety of classes. Core subjects such as English, history, math, and science often contain peace, diversity, and environmental themes. We also offer specialized courses such as The Buddhist Path to Peace, Planetary Stewardship, Reflections on Peacemaking, Peace & Diversity Studies Seminar, Global Spirituality and Activism, and a variety of other classes that address current issues in the world and provide students with role models and examples of peaceful social change. GVS teachers assist each student individually and provide feedback, support, and documentation.
Students can earn elective credit for many different kinds of life experiences, such as travel, participating in cultural events, performing in community theater productions, pursuing a career in athletics or the film industry, or starting their own business. Global Village youth engage in a wide range of activities, including: studying anatomy, massage, and alternative medicine, working on political campaigns, studying science at local national parks and wilderness areas, volunteering at a botanical garden, writing novels and screenplays, publishing alternative newspapers, learning their tribal language and traditions, and operating home recording studios. In addition, many Global Village students get a head start on college by enrolling in community college courses while they continue working towards their high school diplomas.
Attending and giving presentations at different Unitarian Universalist conferences and events – and having a UU core staff member - has given us the opportunity to speak with a number of Unitarian parents. We have found that people can make use of our services in various ways. Some UU homeschoolers may have everything they need except for some curriculum. Others may want to form a local private school, but do not have the time or resources they need. Global Village can provide a full program, be the official school of record and provide full curriculum and teacher support. Or, we can “fill in the gaps,” in those cases where a school or group might only need a few courses and a limited amount of teacher support, or perhaps might want to use our learning styles profile and/or have us design individualized curriculum for their students.
To learn more:
Please take your time and explore our site. Feel free to contact us with any questions or ideas that may come to mind. We look forward to partnering with you as we continue in our mission of educating for a better world, one person at a time.