(SurvivalDaily.com) – When the average survivalist discusses a post-collapse environment, they generally migrate toward topics such as food, water, and shelter. After all, these are the basic necessities of survival in a post-SHTF world. But what happens once these needs are met?
If the world is ever to be rebuilt from the ashes, the next generation will need an education.
After the world has crumbled, there won’t be public schools to prepare our children for the future. In fact, the world will likely be so different, the standard education of today would be largely inadequate for the new normal. In this scenario, the responsibility of teaching the youth falls upon parents, family, and other survivors who have banded together.
If you have a family, and even if you do not, a part of your preparation for a “the end of the world as we know it” (TEOTWAWKI) event should include education tools such as books and supplies (writing utensils, paper, etc). If you don’t have children, chances are that, eventually, you will either form a group with survivors who do, or you will have children of your own. Even if neither of these scenarios plays out, you will still have books to keep your mind busy in the downtimes.
Having reference books on hand for topics such as biology, engineering, math, and history could prove useful for you regardless of needing them to educate others. Chances are, you will need such valuable information at some point. Even if you are a jack-of-all-trades, it is nearly impossible to learn everything — or to pass on all you know to your children.
The basics of schooling post-collapse should be similar to what they were before. Reading, writing, math, science, and history should all be subjects that are taught to children. Not only will this increase their cognitive abilities, but it will also improve the chances of survival for the whole community over time.
The only major change to the traditional curriculum should be the inclusion of survival skills. Public school doesn’t teach our children to build fires, hunt, fish, or disinfect water, but these would be vital skills in this scenario. Meeting the basic needs of survival will be every bit as important to children (if not more important) than traditional education.
Reading and Writing
Reading and writing are arguably the most important traditional subjects that can be passed down in a post-collapse world. When we look at past civilizations, the measuring stick of prosperity generally begins with the development of these skills.
If society is ever to be rebuilt, reading and writing are fundamental abilities that must be passed down. Books will likely survive the collapse, and being able to read them will put the next generation at a great advantage over others who revert back to a nomadic existence. Without these basic skills, a library of information will be useless for anything other than kindling.
The benefits of educating the youth of your survival group cannot be overstated. The old adage states that knowledge is power. In a devastated world, that power will be the difference between life and death.
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