Wave 3 Learning, Inc. was formed in June of 2010. The story of its founding is somewhat unusual. Much of it is also subject to a confidentiality agreement with the AVKO Foundation (see left), so how much can be said is really limited. However, what can be said is that Wave 3 Learning, Inc. was founded to serve the synthesis we foresee in American education. The best of institutional education and the best of home education combined in one practice dedicated to the advancement of the children's educational needs.
Thethird wave first appeared in acts of rebellion. Parents of faith, parents of children being left behind because of learning disabilities, and parents who feared the disintegrating cultural consensus of the West began first in secret and then more and more openly to resist the demands that the State be allowed to educate their children. If any event marks the beginning of the third wave, it is the founding of the HSLDA in 1983. An organization originally formed to lobby for the religious freedom of parents to direct the education of their children, it rapidly grew into a forceful lobby for the rights of all parents to direct their children's education.
While institutional education continued to founder and numerous experiments were undertaken to reform it around the edges, the new home education expanded rapidly. Before the 20th century had ended, home education was once again legal in all fifty states.
For those who believe in home education, however, one challenge remains almost insurmountable: home education, as successful and effective as it is, lies outside the ability of most parents to do. Time, money, lack of teaching skills and knowledge deter most parents who would undertake home education from doing so. A means must be found to integrate the best of institutional education (teaching specialists, physical resources like science labs), with the best of home education --customized learning and strong teacher focus. It is this challenge that Wave 3 Learning, Inc.seeks to positively affect the educational marketplace.
The first wave of education began with the Dawn of Time and continued through about 1850. If one event marked its end, it would be the publication of The Communist Manifesto. This wave was almost entirely home education. Education focused on useful skills learned at home from parents or other relatives and often reading. Mathematics were much more rarely taught beyond the rudiments of counting and arithmetic.The State took no part in the education of the vast majority of children. Students who took on formal education usually did so at church supported institutions.
The second wave of education began with early experiments in community education in places like Massachusetts which provided "Common Schools" funded by the local community corporately. This began in the eighteenth century. When revolutions broke out all over Europe in 1848, the interest in universal education as a means of achieving equality and republican forms of government gained powerful support. It was into this series of events that documents like The Communist Manifesto inserted themselves to inform and direct the popular uprisings. While the revolutions of 1848 mostly failed, the concept of free and universal education, funded and controlled by the state, caught on. Education was seen as a means of inculcating nationalism, preparing workers for the discipline of an industrial workplace, and forging unitary nation-states around common languages. Dialects and regional identities gave way to a national consciousness born and nurtured in the shared experience of the state-funded classrooms. Literacy became almost universal in North America and much of Europe and among the European-derived populations of colonies all over the world. Knowledge of mathematics and science, so critical to the developing industrial economies of the West, became much more common. The exclusion of the Church from this process, to as great an extent as possible, was seen as necessary to enable modern, scientific topics to be taught.