FROM PHIL JUDD, MFN FOUNDER
For centuries, the family unit has been the building block within communities. Perhaps it was the “firewall” for democracy. But these days, the family unit has been eroded and parents have been dis-empowered. We are losing the public education battle, productive/responsible life style, environmental challenges, control of the food supply, serious health issues… the list goes on and on.
We are all members of the human family. Growing our youth is what the future will look like. Support each other, and create the services and resources we need. Be courageous. Ask questions. Fill in the gaps in our children’s education. Advocate for their environment, health and well-being.
The first school in a child’s life is the home. Children can learn an appreciation for the common good, support and encouragement for others, and active participation in our democracy. They can develop an understanding and appreciation, within the family culture, of our history and geography. Parents, as advocates for their children, help heir children become creative young adults with critical thinking, language and art skills. Young people who can both lead and follow, and have a healthy understanding of the world they live in and a good foundation in the three R’s: Respect (oneself and others); Responsibility and Reliability.” – Phil Judd