Short Summary of Dandelion School
1. Beginning of Dandelion School
Dandelion School began its educational challenge since 2007 as an alternative school in Korea. Dandelion Community is its womb to getting existence. Dandelion Community life style and goal is interwoven with Dandelion School management. Dr.Kim,Insoo, the founder cum principal of Dandelion School, started life changing and sustainable educational drive with community family.
2. Philosophy of Dandelion School
The philosophy of Dandelion School can be simply described as "Free man living together" or "Life harmonized with freedom and community". This concept was drown from the life experience of Dr.Kim,Insoo.
Also we believe that freedom and communial life are two pivotal concepts in Bible. (Galatians5:1,13, John8:32, Acts2:44-47,4:32-37)
3. Aim of Dandelion School
"Becoming friends with poor" is our motto.
The aim of our existence can be explained on the teaching of our Jesus "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor"(Luke 4:18)
Specially, we have so much burden for the six cases of poor people shown in Matthew 25:35-36
"For I was hungry and you gave Me food;
I was thirsty and you gave Me drink;
I was a stranger and you took Me in;
I was naked and you clothed Me;
I was sick and you visited Me,
I was in prison and you came to Me."
Almost all the school and educational institutes have secular purpose getting more money and power through their getting knowledge and degree. Unceasing competition and war are still going on because of their education and their selfish aims.
However, Dandleion School has transparent and sole aim in educating and training students to serve the poor in the world.
4. Life style of Dandelion School
Dandelion(Taraxacum Mongolicum Linn.), as its outward shapes shows, has threefold meaning applicable to our daily life.
First, Leaves of Dandelion teaches us simplicity in life, so we honor working by hands and making life self sufficient. The best approach to poor is, according to our experience. to share and work with them. We oppose to this generation's consumptive and life-killing culture.
Second, Root of Dandelion teaches us deepening life. So, we want to preserve life by thinking deeply, acting deeply, relating deeply with persons and God.
Also enhancing our daily life by practical technology and spirituality.
Third, Seeds of Dandelion teaches us obedience of heavenly will. As wind carry seeds to a certain place, so we believe that our direction of life can be carried by God's will, not by our own. In particular we emphasize the pioneering spirit in serving remote and needy around the world.
5. Curriculum of Dandelion School
Curriculum of Dandelion School have been shaping contents in process of our educational experience. However, our basic emphasis is the same.
Education harmonized with learning and teaching.
Education harmonized with studying and working.
Education harmonized with self growth and community.
Education harmonized with men, nature and God.
Our daily time-table can be divided into three parts, usually in morning session we teach academic subject like language(Korean, English, Chinese letters...), Mathmatics, Science and Social science.
In afternoon session we teach handcrafts, music and arts, and special emphasis is given on "working by hands".
Communial works are conducted by teaching-gardening, agricultural works, house construction and repairing, cooking and other seasonal and temporal works.
In evening session we have school regular meeting together with students and teachers on school topics, and have special lectures by visiting outstanding figures, also students have self study time.
Viewing whole three years, every spring season we have 10 days walking program (almost 250km estimate distance) altogether.
Second grade students have 4 months 'Mobile School' touring in India, Thailand, Cambodia, (Vietnam, Laos alternately) every year.
Third grade students should compose thesis.
6. Dandelion School's Culture
We emphasize and give chances to develop better future and serving the poor.
1. Let's plant trees whenever entrance ceremony, and memorable days for planets.
2. Let's donate and show relief for poor whenever festivals, birthday and happy days.
3. Make soils fertile
4. In every year end, let's reimburse debts instead of our neighboring poor.
5. Let's play at least one musical instrument.
7. Plan of Dandelion School
This year we opened highschool course(class 10-12) with same philosophy and goal.
Dandelion Community have a plan of establishing "alternative college" in 2013. Eco and alternative technology, natural farm and small-size farm management, and community development might be the major courses.