The visiting team from the Southern Association were so impressed with the program being offered at The Robert Muller School that they thought the educational process and the general curriculum would be most valuable as a model for teacher education. It was evident that the faculty, board, and administration had done a commendable job in completing their self-study. An examination of their report exemplifies the conscientious effort on their part to examine, analyze, and evaluate the entire teaching-learning process.
Board members, teachers,
parents, and the administration were all most cooperative and helpful
in answering questions and providing information for the committee's evaluation.
The committee was treated hospitably and made welcome throughout their
The Robert Muller
School, founded in 1981, provides an educational alternative to students
because the parents, faculty, and children of The School of Wisdom believe
that a global curriculum is essential to meet the needs of a rapidly changing
society and the interconnectedness of the global community. The most current
educational processes recommended by the most advanced research on brain-mind
and human development are being used to enhance the mental, physical,
and spiritual development of each child. The school serves the needs of
students whose parents have been involved in studies of education for
the new age, through the adult School of Wisdom which includes students
from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
PHILOSOPHY and OBJECTIVES
The Robert Muller
School has well-stated and comprehensively developed philosophy and objectives
documents. The philosophy and objectives are consistent with the Basic
Principles and Standards of the Southern Association on Accreditation
for Alternative Schools. In fact, the fulfillment of objectives goes far
beyond the ordinarily accepted criteria for educational standards. The
objectives are consistent with the philosophy stated, with the literature
about the school, and with the actual educational practices and environment
created. The characteristics of the students served are related to the
statement of philosophy and objectives as even the parents must be studied
in that educational philosophy for their children to be enrolled. It is
evident that the statement of philosophy is well integrated into the operational
activities at The Robert Muller School.
focus of the stated philosophy and objectives is the development of each
individual student to reach his or her highest potential as each evolves
to a fully functioning adult capable of providing valuable service to
his or her community and the human family holistically.
LEARNING AREAS AND OVERVIEW
The World Core Curriculum
recommended by Robert Muller, Assistant Secretary General of the United
Nations, is the basis for the curriculum at the Robert Muller School.
The four general areas of study: (1) Our Planetary Home and Place in the
Universe; (2) The Human Family; (3) Our Place in Time; (4) The Miracle
of Individual Human Life are the broad inter-disciplinary umbrellas under
which specialized subjects are taught This interdisciplinary study of
traditional subjects is taught at each level of the child's development
from birth through kindergarten, elementary, intermediary, and secondary
education to correspond with each individual student's developmental levels
and learning modes. The latest education and human developmental research
studies are integrated into the overall curriculum teaching methodology
with emphasis on cooperative experiential learning.
involvement and interaction are requirements of the school, so the parents
continue the philosophy of learning in the home environment Parents attend
all PT A meetings.
curriculum themes can be visually experienced in every area of the school
to reinforce learning. Posters, mobiles, signs in Spanish, and creative
art exemplifying the unit theme are a part of the educational environment.
is a part of the total environment to provide optimal environmental learning
using all the senses.
use of field trips, community resources, and resource consultants enhance
the learning experiences of the students.
A summary record
of the daily, weekly, and six-weekly growth. and development charts of
each individual child should be kept for long-term research studies.
An effort should
be made to carry on follow-up studies of students as they move into other
schools, for whatever reason, and as they move into the world of academia,
work, and practical living.
become older and move into the arena of secondary studies the personal
counseling should include vocational counseling, to integrate the world
core curriculum learning experiences the students have received with their
personal goals in functioning in the future world of work.
The Policy Manual
of The Robert Muller School clearly states the organizational structure
of the School which provides for flexibility and interaction in a cooperative
manner between the Board, Administration, Staff, and faculty. The administration
of-the School is vested in the director. However, because of the basic
philosophy of the School and the commitment of all the individuals involved,
the teamwork for accomplishing the necessary tasks for successful education
The faculty is highly
credentialed and highly committed. Because all believe so strongly in
what they are doing, most work with no salaries. One of the faculty members
manages several paper routes to provide necessary income for herself,
so she can work free at the school even though she is a credentialed teacher.
The commitment of the faculty, administration, staff, and parents provides
the most remarkable stability and excellency for the children's education.
amongst staff members, faculty, and board members is the basis for getting
the job done. Each member willingly takes a flexible position to enhance
the educational goals and objectives.
as excited a group of humans working toward a goal, as the visiting team
has ever seen in any work setting.
support by parents was evident in the interviews conducted with those
parents and can be seen in the basic rules of the school for student entrance.
ratio is very advantageous.
and staff take every opportunity they can manage to avail themselves of
added educational and enrichment opportunities to enhance their professionalism.
at workshops or other educational opportunities by faculty and staff is
Faculty participation in workshops or conferences to share their knowledge
and experience of this type of education is encouraged.
The student activities
program is varied in the Robert Muller School. The student activities
take student into the community for experiences and opportunities to bring
their studies into the world of reality. The students are provided with
opportunities to make a difference in the world in which they live.
are involved in international student exchanges. For example, the students
recently hosted several children from Mexico in the school and in their
in decisions to interact with children in other parts of the world.
television program is being produced for cable television by the teachers
and students to show people how they can deal with differences and irritations
greater the visibility of these children in their student activities,
the greater the potential for sharing this type of educational experience
with others. The Robert Muller School model of student activities is already
being shared with many, but it is recommended that a continued effort
be carried out in this vein.
The learning media
services of the Robert Muller School include all of the latest equipment
in modem technology, which is available for students to use. The technology
available at the School includes six computers and terminals, word processor
and printer, television, 35 mm. camera, slide projector and screen, 8
mm. movie camera and projector, video recorder and camera, audio tape
players, high speed cassette duplicator, high speed electronic duplicator
which enlarges and reduces, modem educational programs, print, film and
record library, and artistic equipment. Besides the excellent media available,
the staff takes the children on trips to local museums, libraries, colleges,
and any other local media opportunities available.
experiences provided for students to use computers and telecommunications
gives them an excellent advantage in the coordination of knowledge which
is and will be essential in the contemporary world.
were sent to a computer camp in the summer to advance their knowledge
of computer usage.
creative use of media opportunities available in the local community,
by the faculty to provide added opportunities for students, is a model
which can be utilized by others in education, if they would take the opportunities
which are available.
equipment acquisition is carried out in a creative manner by the school
as it attracts donations from parents, groups, or others interested in
the education at the Robert Muller School.
staff makes use of posters, films, audio tapes, film strips, and reading
materials from the United Nations, government agencies, nongovernmental
organizations, and businesses.
model of media acquisition and usage at the Robert Muller School is so
exceptional, it is recommended by the committee that the use of available
media by these faculty members serve as an example for the other educators
Guidance and counseling
services at the Robert Muller School are an integral part of the overall
educational program. Gasses are small so each. student is assessed continually
of his or her growth and development Students interact daily with the
faculty to participate in their own learning development so that each
one has a continual awareness of the learning he or she is experiencing.
Health programs are part of the curriculum so that students understand
the necessary integration of mind, body, and spirit in their development
In this manner the students are also educated in the process of lifelong
learning and the necessary personal commitments they must make to keeping
healthy in all three areas of their growth throughout life.
and staff are chosen on the basis of commitment to excellent guidance
and counseling commensurate with the philosophy of the school.
parents are required to have studied the philosophy for at least a year
before their children can be enrolled, so that the guidance, counseling,
and health needs of the children are carried out in their lives at home.
requirement that parents participate actively in the continuing education
of their children ensures that the home environment will carry on these
same basic positive behavior patterns.
students receive counseling as a part of the philosophy of the school.
health. needs are met by on-site nursing and first-aid staff and additional
health care specialists who are available.
each child is treated as a unique and special individual, any special
educational needs are met to provide the appropriate teaching and counseling
is given to areas of weakness discovered through testing, so faculty and
students can work together to overcome those weaknesses.
all cooperate to help each other because they recognize that each has
strengths and weaknesses. This help is provided to each other in a positive
non-competitive manner, which adds to each child's learning experience.
could keep their own records on the computers under the guidance of the
teachers to be used for future educational research studies.
The setting and physical
plant of the Robert Muller School is outstanding. Located on a lake with
adequate and lovely grounds, the buildings provide the environment for
open and relaxed educational endeavors. The environment is warm, inviting,
and beautifully kept. Student and faculty participate in cooperatively
caring for the facilities and grounds as part of the learning experience
of responsible maintenance of the environment.
facilities provide a physical environment which contributes to the learning
environment. Instead of cold institutional type buildings, the buildings
are warm and inviting wit1l carefully and artistically chosen learning
are planned and maintained in the same cooperative effort with parents,
staff, and students that follows the philosophy, goals, and objectives
of the school.
Future plans are already under way to provide more educational recreational facilities on the grounds and an arts and sciences building.
is important to keep the facilities in adequate repair, as the need arises,
because these buildings and grounds are an exceptional asset to the type
of education created.
playground development for younger children should be carried out including
the plans to create a garden by the students. The older children might
participate in planning and even building some of these facilities. This
could be a cooperative effort by the children in the upper grades in consultation
with the teachers and younger children.
arts and sciences building should be completed to provide laboratories
for science students as they move into secondary level. This building
will also provide greater opportunities for students to participate creatively
in acting, producing plays and films, and other artistic endeavors.
The plans and priorities
of the Robert Muller School show a determination by the faculty, staff,
parents, and students to continue to improve every aspect of the Robert
Muller School's educational endeavor. The plans are evidence that quality
education reaching toward the optimal enhancement of global education
are the objectives.
for an international vocational education program based on apprenticeship
would be an exciting addition to the students' growth and development
increased fluency in languages as part of the educational plans will provide
increased global awareness in the lives of the students as foreign language
abilities enlighten students in cultural awareness as well as communications
plans of using the Instrumental Enrichment Program as a process for development
of thinking skills used in other parts of the world is commendable.
broaden plans, enrich the curriculum, evaluate present educational processes
and curriculum, and try new learning methodologies as the newest learning
The Robert Muller
School is an exceptional model of education in our contemporary world.
The faculty, administration, board, parents, and students are providing
a service to educators everywhere by attempting to provide an educational
model using the most recent research in learning theories and methodologies.
Many public school systems are too limited by institutional constraints
to provide the type of education offered at this school. However, throughout
this report the committee has recommended that information of the school's
educational processes be shared with educators everywhere as much as possible.
The committee members
are in agreement on several important recommendations. Long term studies
should be carried out on these children's development based on each child's
records. Evaluations are cooperatively carried out by students and faculty
so that each child is aware of his or her own learning development and
potential. These records should be kept for educational research studies.
Follow-up studies of these children as they reach adulthood and function
in the world should be made to advance future educational research. The
model should be made available continually to educators as it evolves
and develops in the contemporary changing society and world in which we
A television series
with accompanying study guide and reading material should be produced,
if at all possible, to disseminate this model of education to universities
with education departments and to countries around the world interested
in improved workable educational models. A television series would not
only be able to explain theories and methodologies and the brain-mind
research on which it is developed, but could also show future or current
educators how to practically utilize the Robert Muller School's model
of educational excellence.
The visiting committee is pleased to highly recommend 'accreditation of the Robert Muller School to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. We think the school deserves the recognition in light of the educational practices and environment we found. existing. The committee furthermore feels that the accreditation will enhance the school's credibility in the eyes of traditional educators, who may not be aware of, but could benefit from, this model of education which enhances development of children into responsible citizens in a pluralistic democracy and pluralistic world.