We are witnessing disparate, challenging times as global citizens. With coronavirus diagnoses surging, the economy on the verge of collapse, and schools and businesses closing around the world, it can be difficult to find glimmers of hope when the current situation appears so bleak. It’s times like these, when we’re confined to our homes and terms such as ‘social distance’ and ‘quarantine’ become commonplace, that many are confronted with a resounding feeling of exasperation. 

Mass hysteria has led to panic buying and supply hoarding, and we’re seeing a resurgence of blatant racism and xenophobia. People around the world are grappling with a full-fledged international crisis, and it has become clear that most individuals simply don’t know how to adapt to the situation, and resort to operating from a place of fight-or-flight, rooted in fear.  

But what if this weren’t the case? What if people were equipped with the innate ability to look inward, and possessed the emotional intelligence to self-sooth in stress-provoking scenarios? And what if, in the face of adversity, people’s first reaction was to automatically tap into their sense of empowerment, and their ability to help others that are underserved – those who really need the extra supplies? And instead of fear being the first reaction, if it were compassion? 

At MUSE, we’re proud to say that all of these elements are ingrained into our education, and therefore in each of our students. Every aspect of our model is focused on equipping children with the essential life skills needed to face all situations, good or bad, with a sense of grace,  self-assuredness and adaptability. 

Through our Sustainability pillar, we teach children that the world is so much greater than ourselves, and that our individual needs are so much smaller in comparison. They learn that food justice and inequality is ever present in our society, and to become involved in causes that help those less fortunate, whose food supply is far more uncertain than theirs. And in times like these, when supplies are more scarce, their knowledge from their Seed-to-Table classes allow them to step in and help their households with consuming food and supplies in a more sustainable, waste-free manner. 

With our focus on Communication, children are able to effectively, respectfully engage with others during difficult times, and utilize their compassionate confrontation skills. With fear levels on the rise, communication falters and opportunity for conflict heightens significantly. But with their training in the Process Communication Model, MUSE students are aware of the intricacies of communication, particularly in times of distress, and are able to navigate challenging interactions with thoughtfulness toward one another. 

As schools began to announce closures, MUSE was already prepared with a virtual learning plan, maintaining the impact of our Early Childhood Academics. And because students love their MUSE schooling experience so much, they were eager to continue lessons from home. Our teachers, administrators, and parents all worked collectively to ensure a smooth transition from in-classroom to online learning, and beginning this Monday, our students didn’t even skip a beat. Everyone’s adaptability, and willingness to ‘ever-evolve,’ are essential in uncertain times. And with a focus on Passion-Based Learning modalities, children are able to dedicate this time at home toward deeper learning, instead of ‘numbing’ with T.V. shows or video games that is unfortunately the default for many families hoping to keep children occupied. 

Finally, through our Self-Efficacy pillar, MUSE students are taught to be brave, and not to succumb to fear. They know that within themselves, they have the ability to tap into their resourceful, open, and persistent skill sets at any time; each of which are imperative in the face of crisis. Cultivating these skills early on sets the course of the rest of their lives – one that is hopeful and positive, yet prepared for the future – whatever it may bring. 

As we continue on through these uncertain times, many of us are faced with the question – what can we do now to ensure a better world for our children and future generations? With MUSE Global franchise opportunities, we offer an investment with purpose – here and now – and we’re eager to speak with prospective franchisees that are ready to make an impact through our proven model. If you’re interested in learning more, please reach out to us at info@museglobal.org – we look forward to hearing from you.