Separation of Church and State
"Let there be freedom of religion, but keep religion separate from government. A country that bows down to the laws of religion will one day be governed by religion." fhm
Universal Stewardship Association
What are we doing to the hope of our future? What have we done to our children? What happened to our educational system? What have we done to Mother Earth? What are we doing to sustain her? We are failing in our responsibility as stewards of our home. We continue to have dominion over creation, we utilized what God has given us to build our prosperity without accountability. This prosperity gave some the power and wealth and many have fallen into the path of greed and are consumed in the deprivation of others to expand their empire and wealth.
As our civilization progresses, the majority of our population fail to achieve their dreams. Always at the edge of reaching but barely touching success, kept hungry for achievements and used by those who have already achieved. The powerful continue to stay powerful. Greed kept them strong to continue DEPRIVING those who are always in need. They have created an educational system geared and fashioned after greed with the illusion of chasing success. Most forget that the prosperity of businesses, around the world or that of a nation is built upon the prosperity of the individual.
It is a fact that our abilities and talents are never equal. There will always be entrepreneurs, employees, politicians, soldiers, scientists, explorers, artists, educators, clerics et cetera. However, the current educational system is geared to creating servants for the powerful. The educational system, has no emphasis on prudence, respect, kindness, gratitude, sharing, or love. The emphasis is on personal material success, power and control. The weak, the unfortunate and the poor have as much right to their aspirations and dreams for greatness. There is a better chance at these hopes, goals and yearning with a proactive educational system.
Economically, the more prosperous countries siphon the talent from impoverished countries off of their talented and productive people. People who can help build their country are being pulled out to prosper the already prosperous countries. A generation of people in poor countries begin to think that the only way to advance is to immigrate. The mentality of abandonment is created instead of the mentality of building prosperity from within. Who or what makes people think this way? Definitely not instinct. The antiquated educational system is the culprit. So, how can humanity bail out from this cycle of vicious deprivation?
The answer is to create a new educational system that breaks away from the foundation of greed, an educational system that is based on the principles of universal Stewardship. The Association shall take the responsibility to help educate humanity.
- Start with prudence, respect and kindness.
- Start a school system, an academy.
- Focus of the academy will be to build confidence in each student so they may face the challenges ahead of them. The academy will create "learners" instead of "finishers". The academy will not be a "diploma mill". Academically, the school will follow all the requirements of all international school systems. Credits are all transferable.
- There will be no religious connotations or associations within the academy's campus. No religious uniforms or laws or traditions are to be followed within the campus. No political or "special interest groups" advocacies will be allowed. Religions, creed, politics, special interest group policies will simply be regarded as a subject for discussion.
- There will be freedom of religion, the freedom of speech and the freedom of choice but the parents or guardians of the students will be made to sign an agreement that students will not be allowed to coerce, convince, intimidate or insinuate others towards their religious beliefs, political affiliations or personal ideologies within the campus. Warnings will be issued to violators upon first violation, a meeting with the guardian or parent will ensue upon the second violation, a third violation will result in the expulsion of the student from the academy and the transfer to a different school will be arranged at the choice and expense of the parent or guardian.
- Bullies will not be tolerated. There are consequences for bullying. First and foremost a student counselor will address the incident and speak to witnesses if there are any. The counselor will determine whose fault it is and if fault can't be determined at least get the facts as to how it came about. First violation will receive a written warning given to the student to be given to the parent or guardian and for that same notice to be returned with the parent's/guardian's signature of receipt. Second violation will require the guardian/parent to meet with the academy's counselor. Third violation will result in the expulsion of the student from the academy and the transfer to a different school will be arranged at the choice and expense of the parent or guardian.
- Consequences for bullying besides the above:
- The incident will be on permanent school record.
- Guilty students will be made to do "clean-up" duty in school. Length of time will depend on the grievousness of the offense.
- Guilty students will be made to apologize to the victim verbally and in writing.
- If the target of the bullying wasn't the one that got hurt but the bully instead, it will be classified as "self-defense". The counselor will still talk to the bullied student to find out why the occurrences were not reported when they first started.
- If the offense warrants a police report, then the authorities will be called.
- Bullying will not be enabled by the school system. Indifference or tolerance will not be extended to bullies.
- Consequences for bullying besides the above:
- At the entrance of every academy will be a large foundation rock with these words engraved: "treat others the way you want others to treat you." and "Don't do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you."
- At the entrance to every classroom will be this plaque: " Love, Share, Do not Cheat, Do not Insult, Do not Deprive".
- In front of every classroom will be these words in big bold letters: "RESPECT, KINDNESS, GRATITUDE, APOLOGY, FORGIVENESS"
- All students before the start of the school day will recite the pledge of allegiance: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the (name of country), and to its constitution, for which it stands as one nation, united under God."
- The academy will be divided into 3 categories:
- Grade school - Kindergarten to 4th grade
- Middle school - 5th grade to 8th grade
- High School - 9th grade to 12th grade
- Every student will be groomed for success. Quarterly evaluations will be made to determine the successes of students and why some students are behind or failing. To determine where a student needs help and encouragement. To continue to teach students how to put emphasis on focus in their daily lives.
- Gifted students in Math, Writing, Music, Arts, Sports, Business, Mechanics, Crafts or Trade will be provided with assistance to encourage the development of their talent. This does not affect the classroom designation of the student.
- For every grade level there will be one class that comprises of the top 30 performers at the end of every school year. The rest of the classrooms will be mixed.
- Emphasis will be given to Reading, Writing, and Math. Besides academics, students will have compulsory course in Home Economics which will deal in DIY maintenance around the house, finance management, balancing a money(bank) account, understanding liability vs assets, Cooking, gardening, and a simple understanding of backyard animal care.
- Students will have the opportunity to learn the skill of proper communication, public speaking, and the art of family bonding.
- The academy will have counselors available to help students identify their strengths and talents, and to help students make proper choices without coercion or persuasion.
- School Activities:
- Students will be able to participate in classes for Music, Art, Crafts and sports.
- The school will provide a sub academy in sports. The Martial Arts Academy. Depending on the financial and population growth of the school system, the types of martial arts will increase. It will start with T‘ai-chi ch‘üan(Tai-Chi-Chuan), then move on to taekwondo, Judo, wrestling, jujitsu, karate and WuShu (kung-fu).
- Self-defense will be emphasized in both physical and mental. Every participant will be taught how to verbally and mentally defend themselves. The martial arts academy will put emphasis on the development of physical, mental and spiritual discipline. The art of fighting, inherently teaches discipline.
- The mental and spiritual training will be mentored by a specialized master since there is no “style” in this category.
- Scouting will be available to all students. Membership will not be mandatory. Scouting will be a mainstream activity of the school. The school will be affiliated with the National Scouting Organization of the country it is in and it will be designated as a scout troop.
- The school motto will be: "Good thoughts, good words, good deeds". Try to do a good deed daily, if not for others at least for yourself. If you can't do a good deed, then at least say something good about others. If there's nobody around, then say something good to yourself. Ultimately, always think good things for yourself and others.
- The academy will have 3 official advocacies. There are many environmental concerns that the academy will teach about getting involved with to help maintain and keep mother nature healthy. Universal stewardship will always be the focus of the school. The bottom four will be what the academy will concentrate on.
- Saving the rivers, lakes, oceans and aquifer.
- Saving and planting trees and plants.
- Saving the reef, save the endangered species of flora and fauna.
- Saving Mother Earth
- 1 Education, Freedom and Prosperity
- 2 The Association will create a foundation to save Mother Earth
- 3 Create a Non-Partisan, Non-religious, No special interest Lobbying group to monitor governments around the world
- 4 How will the association earn to support, protect and sustain itself and continue to be able to help others?
Education, Freedom and Prosperity
- To be free and prosperous is to be educated, skilled and informed of uncensored facts. Freedom is to have the ability to choose to be what one wants to be. A virtuous and well rounded universal educational system will break away the chains of poverty and oppression..
What is the common denominator of every single poverty stricken village, town, municipality, city, province, region, state, or Country? It is the lack of communication and virtuous, well rounded universal education.
Who has the responsibility to educate?
- The beginning of education comes from the parents or guardians.
- From there it goes to the school systems, both private and public.
- As soon as the individual develops needs, he/she must also develop the need to be educated.
- Schools or the community will seldom volunteer to impart knowledge. Knowledge is there to be taken but it must be taken by the individual
- The government must continue with the education via information dissemination. A government that censors communication or withholds outside information in its educational system creates bondage. A well informed citizen via an unbridled communication system helps create a prosperous nation.
- Mission: Guarantee the continuity of a great educational system to:
- Teach the virtues of Respect and Kindness.
- Develop good moral character.
- Develop a bright and healthy mind.
- Develop a healthy body.
- Develop a sense of responsibility.
- Maintain academic and non-academic programs that follows the principles of universal stewardship while always keeping up with technological advancements.
The Association will create a foundation to save Mother Earth
- Save the rivers, lakes, seas and all bodies of water.
- Reforest the mountains, watersheds, and coastlines.
- Save the reef
- Save wild life (flora and fauna)
- Create a Sustainable and renewable energy
Create a Non-Partisan, Non-religious, No special interest Lobbying group to monitor governments around the world
The lobbying group will monitor and fight any corrupt or detrimental laws towards all citizens, it will lobby for the amendment or revocation of such laws. To prevent a group of people or organization to take over any municipality, city, province, region, territory in the country with their beliefs, politics, ideology or culture without prejudice or bias.
When possible, each country will have its own lobbying group. Original members of this Lobbying Group will be appointed by the current board of directors of the Association and to be approved by the President. A qualified member must be at least 30 years old. Each prospect will be vetted extensively. Members must represent all the provinces or states of their country. Dismissal of any member will be by unanimous vote from the board members with final approval of the chief executive officer.
Future members of this Lobbying Group will be recommended by current active committee members and to be vetted by the board members of the association and approved by the President.
How will the association earn to support, protect and sustain itself and continue to be able to help others?
- The tuition from students will help support and sustain the school system.
- Donations and grants from alumni will also help.
- Children of employees of the association (or employees themselves) will have free scholarship. No tuition to be paid.
- The association will gear itself towards agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture, all the while practicing sustainable farming. This will generate income and help provide organic food for the human race.
- Lease or own lands for forestry and lumber. Lease or own water rights or natural resources when available.
- The association will create sustainable energy for the public. Sold to the general public via government permits and licenses.
- Solar and wind generators.
- Tidal wave and sea current power generators.
- More attention will be given to geo-thermal and sea current source of energy. Source of energy for these two rarely fluctuate. Power storage(batteries) will not be required.
- Alternative sustainable energies will always be developed. Research on storage of energy will be an on-going project of the association.
- The association will own and build shelters for the public to rent at reasonable and affordable rates.
- The association will have a “personnel staffing” company. This will allow the association to spread out to all areas of businesses to provide them with their staffing needs. Most of all this will help the association create the security personnel system (via security staffing) to protect itself from predators, by ways of laws and physical force.
- The association will own or invest in (common stocks) of public corporations.
- Invest in logistics and transportation companies using sustainable fuels instead of fossil fuel or fuels detrimental to the environment.
- Invest in eco-friendly corporations (common stocks).
- Portion of the profits from these investments will go to the FREE healthcare of all employees of the association via enrollment with health insurance companies within the locality of the employees. A minimum of 20 hours work per week will qualify an employee for this free health insurance, with a minimum 3 month employment. All co-pays will be paid by the association. Upon termination of employment all benefits will be cancelled. However, employees with 20 years or more of service are entitled to a lifetime of health care coverage from this universal form of healthcare.
- The association will create a licensed Long-term Universal Health Care facility for the elderly members of the association. This will be free. Funding will come from the association and from donations of members.
- The association will maintain a research and development team.
- To always build Schools or Academies whenever capital is available, to enable the continued spreading of the principles of universal stewardship.
Founder of Universal Stewardship: Franklin H. Maletsky