The Whole Elephant Charter Schools
Proposed School Mission: The Whole Elephant Elementary Charter School (WEECS) at Flushing carries out the mission to establish an innovative education system which integrates the most frontier science of the West with the ancient science of mind-body-spirit from the East, with a goal to bring out the Master within each child whose unique passion and talent will be cultivated to blossom and whose mind will be cultivated to reach true maturity with great wisdom of human life and the entire universe.
School Overview: The Whole Elephant Elementary Charter School (WEECS) at Flushing plan to open on September 1, 2014. Students will be admitted after Dr. Lotus King Weiss meet with the applicant students and their parents in one-on-one fashion and explain the mission and education program to the student candidates and parents; admission will be based upon first come first serve principle; the admitted students and their parents will first meet with the entire team of Master Educators consisting of leading experts and scholars in the field of Modern Life Science, Modern Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Modern Western Medicine, Law, Western Philosophy and History, Chinese Language Arts, Chinese Martial Arts, Classical Chinese Dance, Chinese Music, Chess, Chinese Calligraphy, Painting and Poetry. Each student can choose one or more Master Educators as his or her primary Master, who will then be responsible for his or her individualized education program from k-5; each student will work closely with his or her Master(s) to develop the details of the curriculum tailored specifically for the student’s level and interest; all students will be offered standard lectures in listening, speaking, reading and writing of English and Chinese; all students are required to master both English and Chinese Language at our Charter School; open seminars will be given by Master Educators to all students in their area of expertise through out the school hours, at different levels, so that each student can choose, under the instruction of his or her primary Master, to receive the appropriate level teachings; science laboratories in the area of life science, computer science and Chinese Medicine will be established in the Charter School at the end of the first year, which will then be made available for all students. Besides mastering the knowledge of each specialized field offered by the Master Educators, each student will work closely with his or her primary Master in personal upgrading of their mind and heart nature; the ancient cultivation way of Falun Dada will be offered to all students at the Charter School; seminars on all forms of righteous religions from both the West and from the East will be offered to all students; The classical Chinese Texts teaching human morality, such as Sanzijin (Three Character Sutra) and Dizigui (Disciplinary Guide to Disciples) will be offered to all students. When students graduate from our Charter School, they shall be young scholars in Chinese Language and Culture, and young scientists of life, besides meeting the standards required upon them by the State Education Department of New York. The innovation of the education approach is based upon seven years of education research carried out by Dr. Lotus King Weiss at the Flushing Community; such an approach shall overcome the current existing blockage existing in most, if not all public schools: outdated contents of textbooks in all main fields of sciences; lack of individualized guidance and teaching to maximize the power of the young learners, especially young children from immigrants’ family facing major challenges in a new culture and language; not recognizing the immense power of the five thousand years of traditional Chinese culture in early childhood education; not recognizing the critical importance in moral education, wisdom education and disciple education; the loss of the art of education in the format of Master-Disciple relationship. The Motto is our Charter School is: to awake the Master within each Child; our operational principle is: Trust-Love-Respect.The enrollment and retention of students with disabilities will be carried out by offering sufficient information to the local community sites who frequently offer services to the disabled children; two of our founding board members are both parents of disabled children and are in close connection with families of disabled children; most of the Chinese children in the Flushing community are English Language learners; our strong English language programs will naturally attract these children; similarly, most of the students among the new Chinese immigrants are eligible applicants for the free and reduced price lunch program. Our Charter School will offer colorful and healthy Chinese style lunch program (besides standard Western Style food) for all students since Chinese food is an important part of Chinese Culture.
全象特许学校将于2013年9月1日正式开放, 第一批将招收120名学生, 主要从事小学教育项目，从幼稚园到五年级；另外还将招收140名学生，从六年级到12年级, 进行初中和高中教育项目。
Confucius Teachings Charter School
Confucius is a great teacher in Chinese history. He devoted his entire life to education. The mission of Confucius in his education was to turn learners into true scholars who reach such a goal through “Cultivate the Mind, Harmonize the Family, Govern the Nation and Bring Peace and Prosperity to the World”( 修身 齐家 治国 平天下). Therefore, the Confucius Teachings Charter School is based upon the philosophy of Confucius “Kindness, Loyalty, Etiquette, Wisdom and Faith” ( 仁 义 礼 智 信) and carries the mission of systematically introducing the authentic traditional Chinese Language and Culture to the young learners as the nutrients for the mind to prepare a new generation of bilingual experts who can play the role of inheriting the essence of traditional Chinese Culture, which is now considered by more and more people all over the world to be a precious gift to all of us in the modern world. To the new immigrant children from China, they have been facing major difficulties in entering the mainstream American Society due to language and culture barrier, poisonous influence of the communist mentality, as well as financial difficulties of the immigrant parents. Teachers in public schools are also facing difficulties in providing these children with sufficient help in assisting them to understand the American culture, history, government system and the law, which are essential for them to be an integral part of the local community. Under such a situation, more and more Chinese immigrant families are sending young children back to China to study the language and culture, although they were born here in America. When these children return to America, they usually are faced with emotional and mental issues and feel lost between the gaps of two different types of culture. The establishment of the Confucius Teachings Elementary/Middle/High Charter Schools will allow these children to fully master the authentic traditional Chinese culture which will nurture their mind and allow them to embrace with full maturity the gift from the Western World. On the other hand, for the young learners with the Western culture as their native heritage, the mastering of Chinese Language and Culture will similarly expand their wisdom, enlarge their vision and enhance their ability in all aspects. This is because the Chinese Language and Culture are a precious gift to all world people and have the innate power to transform the mind and heart for people to live in a life style of Being One with the Nature ( 天人合一) a life style that is key for health and happiness. Therefore, the Confucius Teachings Charter School shall be a school for children from all ethnic groups and will surely bring peace and prosperity to our community and bring a new stream of fresh air into the American Education System. All Core Curricula of English, Math, Social Studies and Science shall be taught in Chinese and English, and all students shall be trained to be bilingual in English and Chinese and also become scholars of Chinese Language and Culture, as a special feature of the graduates of our Charter School.
Dr. Lotus King Weiss was born in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, Main Land China, in 1967. Her parents were all intellectuals raised from poor farmers' family. At that time, China was suffering from the "fever" of the so-called "Cultural Great Revolution" (文化大革命). Ironically, Dr. Lotus King Weiss' Chinese name, 王彤文，which was given by her father, then a hot-blooded young follower of "Chairman Mao" (毛泽东), can be interpreted to be the meaning of: The King (王）of Splendidly Beautiful （彤) (a red color that is so special that can not be made in the human world, but was used frequently during the "Cultural Great Revolution" to be the abjectives in front of the name of the "Cultural Great Revolution" in this format: 红彤彤的文化大革命）Culture (文). It is apparent that her father was intoxicated by a beautiful culture which he might not know what it truly is, but believed that it was associated with the "Cultural Great Revolution", or at that time even belived that the "Cultural Great Revolution" itself is Her. The "Cultural Great Revolution" initiated by "Chairman Mao" was supposedly aimed to eradicate all "bad elements" within the Chinese Culture that were blocking the path of "Chinese Communist Party", which was upholding a glorious banner of "Bring Eternal Happiness to All World People" through the achievement of the "Communist Human Paradise".In this regard, the most splendid culture that was imprinted into the dreams of all of the young intellectuals' mind during the 1960's was a culture which promises to bring to the human world the happiness of human living that can compared to what had been described to be the life style in Heaven.Therefore, the Chinese Character, 彤，implies the glory and beauty of Heaven, at least, in this young father's mind. For this reason, he used this Chinese Character for his most beloved daughter. However, as history progresses, the true nature of the "Cultural Great Revolution" started to manifests, which involves the most cruel and violent abuse and disruption of human dignity, human conscience and many precious human lives. A splendid dream of heavenly happiness and beauty was shattered by the harsh reality of self-deception and self-distruction rooted in the fundamental weakness of human heart and the limitation of human mind. The "Cultural Great Revolution" in China lead to the abrupt downslides of the human morality of the entire nation, due to the death of a long lasting tradition which has allowed the Chinese people to stay afloat through the "floods" of the human world that could have totally wiped out humanity due to human degeneration, like the one occurred at the Noah's Arch age. One of the key elements that are essential for the survival of humanity, based upon the data gathered from the failed experiement of the "Cultural Great Revolution", is now revealed clearly to most of the thinkers and intellectuals: the Teachings of Human Morality. When the "Cultural Great Revolution" smashed the traditional teachings of human morality, which were initiated by great thinkers and educators like Confucius, the fate of China was totally changed. On October 21, 2002, when Dr. Lotus King Weiss (under the name Dr. Eden Wang) was invited to give a speech at the National Press Club at Washington D.C. during the Chinese Communist Party Head (Jiang Zemin) visting then U.S. President Bush's ranch house in Texas (http://www.asianresearch.org/articles/979.html), Dr. Lotus King Weiss pointed out that China is turning into a Malignant Cancer because Chinese people's minds are controlled by a foreign entity, called "The Communist Party". At that time, Dr. Lotus King Weiss did not realize what was awaiting for her when her journey as a scientist in life science field was crossing the "boundary" and extended into a new area which is no longer composed of "molecules" which she could meditate upon in her quiet and spacious office located in downtown Seattle, as the Principle Investigator who was leading an international team of scientists to examine the molecular mechanims of Cancer. In the immediate following one week after her speech, she was facing legal divorce from her husband, who claimed that she was practicing "evil cult" and his lawyer told him that he could take everything away from her, including her most beloved son, Noah Wang Genatossio. The "evil cult" her husband was referring to, in early November of 2002, is called "Falun Gong", also known as "Falun Dafa". At that time, Dr. Lotus King Weiss was still carrying the Chinese name, 王彤文, a name that is assoicated with many famous and glorious accomplishment in life science field, as a "rising start" at Harvard Medical School, being the author for three publications in Science and one in Cell, an accomplishment that is usually unimaginable to be assoicated with a Chinese woman, since even the most famous scientist in current Chinese Academy of Science has not even achieved such a high level of academic success. However, 王彤文 was now facing one major dilemma: her heart tells her that Falun Dafa is True Science, while the " Science World " seems to understand that Falun Dafa is "anti-Science"; so if she chooses to continue to live as a Falun Dafa practitioner, she would be considered by the mainstram "Science World" including all of her family members to be practicing "evil cult" while if she chooses to cotinue to live as a famous "World-class Scientist", she would think in her heart that she is practicing "evil cult": to play God in giving the general public a false promise of finding the solution of birth-aging-sickness-death using millions of public fundings while she no longer believes that such a way of research can truly help any people; such a realization was clearly expressed in her speech at Harvard Future Science Forum in the spring of 2002, with a title, "A Wake up Call from the Microcosm" (http://www.pureinsight.org/node/195). At that time, the only way that she would continue to stay in her field as a research scientist and justify the use of public funding was to directly adddress this following question: "What is the role of human spirit in the molecular behaviors of human cells?" However, such an option soon was taken away. In 2004, her laboratory was forced to shut down, even though she was at the peak of her career as a research scientist in the most frontier field of life science: the study of molecules that are in charge of the birth, aging, sickness and death of cells, the building blocks of our human body. Apparently, her understanding of Falun Dafa as a profound science of mind-body-spirit lead her into a path that is full of dramatic stories of all types (http://www.thewholeelephant.info/Save-Sentient-Beings.html). So, a child carrying the name of a most splendid dream of a young father who followed "Chairman Mao" and hoping for the human world to enjoy the happiness of what would be found in heaven was interpreted by this child to be "finding a solution for human sufferings". Such a path lead her to find Falun Dafa (www.falundafa.org).
Here is her journey:
In 1984, she first went into medical school in Shanghai (Shanghai First Medical University), then at the age of 21 (1988), she carried 30 dollars sewed tightly into the inner pocket of her clothes by her mother, borrowed by her father, flied to the other end of the earth to seek for the magic weapon to eradicate her most worthy opponent: Cancer, which took the life of her most beloved grandmother, who was her first childhood teacher. In 1992, she obtained her doctorate degree and entered Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospotal. In the next seven years, she published ground breaking articles to reveal the top secrets of a group of molecules who control the birth, aging, sickness and death of the human body and are linked to all human diseases due to their abnormalities; in 1999, she established her own independent cancer immunology signal transduction laboratory in a brand new large research center at Seattle Washington (the Benaroya Research Institute), affiliated with the Unversity of Washington; in the same year, she was elected to be the 100 top scientists chosen to be recruited by the Chinese Government to establish large National Laboratories in the Chinese Academy of Science; at the end of 1999, she encountered an experience that she described vividly to a reporter from Dajiyuan in 2008 (http://www.thewholeelephant.info/Persecution-in-America.html). In 2000, afer she tried Tibetan Buddhism, she received a book, called "转法轮" and the English translation version, called "Zhuan Falun" (Turning the Law Wheel), by Mr. Li Hongzhi. At the same time, she also received a book called "法轮大法大圆满法". She studied these books and started to learn the Falun Dafa exercises and immediately found great health benefits and beyond. In 2001, she started to collaborate with a female scientist named Dr. lili Feng to analyze a set of orginal data sent from Dr. Feng's studies of Falun Dafa practitioners' immune cells. In 2002, her public speech at Harvard on this topic (http://www.pureinsight.org/node/195) lead her to be black-listed by the Chinese Government; at the end of 2002, she reached the realization that China was turning into a malignat cancer and the cure for cancer comes from pulic education instead of laboratory research. In 2003, she survived from her own mental and emotional and spiritual trial of losing her marriage and her rights as a mother for her most beloved son, and also the loss of her option to continue to work as a principle investigator in the modern life science field. In 2004, she started to work on the establishment of her own research and education institute and the decision was finalized at the end of the year of 2004, after she witnessed the dying process of another modern life science leader, Dr. Annita Roberts, who tested all cancer therapies on herself as the head of the Chemoprevention Center of National Cancer Institute, after she was diagnosed to suffer from late stage gastric cancer (http://www.anitaroberts.net/). The death of Annita Roberts was the clear signal for 王彤文 to end her journey in modern life science field and decided to start a new research platform that can pave a new path of true life science. The name of the institute, the Whole Elephant Institute (全象学院） was born in May 2004, in Washington D.C., under the support of a team of local Falun Dafa practitioners. In October 2004, 王彤文was invited by the Tsinghua University, Department of Life Science, to consult on a research project and also was invited to give a speech at the Science Acadmy Member Conference in Changsha City, Hunan Province, the hometown of "Chairman Mao". Due to her being outspoken about the research data gathered by Dr. Lili Feng on the anti-aging effects of practicing Falun Dafa, she was followed by plain clothes policemen and was illegally taken into the police station of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, where she was subjected to interrogation but were soon turned into her lecture rooms for the policemen and policewomen there to clarify the truth of Falun Dafa, and finally was released and taken to the train station with great respect by the policemen there. She did the same for all people she encounted in China and found out that Chinese people were simply awaiting to hear the truth and they treated her as a scholar with great respect. In 2005, she arrived in New York and started to officially register for the Whole Elephant Institute, at Flushing New York. At the same year, her parents and brother worked together to force her to go back to China, possibly believed some offer from the local Chinese Government, and upon detecting her resistance, applied illegal means to take away all of her legal rights over her properties using a fake medical diagnosis issued by a young female scientist who was using Drosophila (Fly) to study human mental diseases. Her name is: Amelia Gallitano Mendel (http://bms.med.arizona.edu/faculty/amelia-gallitano-md-phd). In 2005, 王彤文 found herself to be on the street with no money in the bank and no home to return to and also the risk of being treated as a mental patient to be taken back to China by her family members to be put into mental hospital, where she knows that many Falun Dafa practitioners were tortured to death by being injected with nerve poisonous drugs (http://faluninfo.net/article/1005/Psychiatric-Torture-of-Falun-Gong-Practitioners-Widespread-Says-UN-Submission/); she was trusted by a mother who was facing to lose the custody of all of her three boys and was asked to marry Mr. Brian Scott Weiss, who at that time was facing mental breakdown due to the pain of marriage crisis and who fell in deep love with her after she treated him with great compassion and showed him how to practice Falun Dafa. Mr. Brian Scott Weiss became the co-signer for the registration of the Whole Elephant Institute which was given Certificate of Corporation on July 15, 2005. In June 2006, when the collaborator of 王彤文, Dr. Lili Feng was dying as "a cancer patient" and was depicted by the Chinese Government Hate Propaganda as another example of how "Falun Gong misled a famous scientist to give up faith in medicine and science" (http://www.facts.org.cn/Feature/ofdf/200912/t103584.htm), 王彤文 was carrying her three-month old baby daughter, Ms. Lotus Blossom Weiss, to visit Flushing for the first time, but was viewed by some fellow Falun Gong practitioners to be "problematic": "she should be in Harvard to be a big scientist and she should not be with a man who is not even divorced legally and now have a child with him"; "she lost her job, her husband divorced her and she also lost all rights as a mother"; "her own brother claimed to everyone that she is mentally ill, and even tried to discourage Mr. Brian Scott Weiss from marrying her"; "she walks with black men and homeless men as if they are her brothers; she helped the nephew of 罗干 to obtain political assylum while 罗干is a man that is known by all fellow Falun Dafa practitioners to be the leading persecutor in China and therefore considered to be the killer and therefore the enemy of many innocent Falun Dafa practitioners". Questions were frequently raised among the fellow Falun Dafa practitioners in Flushing regarding this strange character, 王彤文："Who is she?" "Is she truly mentally ill?" "Is she a spy sent from the Chinese Communist Government?" " Is she moraly corrupt?" "Where is her financial resource if she claims that she provide all services for free?" "Why does not she go to get a job that can make a lot of money if she is truly a professor from Harvard?" "Why does not her hubband support her when she comes to Flushing and make her life easier if he truly loves her so much as she claims?" So 王彤文was never considered to be a member of the Falun Dafa practitioner community in Flushing. She was simply too much for anyone to understand. However, 王彤文and her one year old daughter, Ms. Lotus Blossom Weiss, were the first to open up a community service center in Flushing and announced to the community openly with dignity that 王彤文is a persecuted scholar from Harvard. She was helping people to learn Falun Dafa exercises in her center and also help people to openly denounce from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP); soon the first office of Global Center to Quit CCP was initiated in Flushing, in the same office where she started the Whole Elephant Institute. Her husband, Mr. Brian Scott Weiss (although they could not become legally married until September 2006, she consider him to be her legal husband from the time they were blessed by her own parents before she became pregnant, under "putative marriage") used his father, Mr. Herman Weiss' Sign World Inc. to make the first two large signs for this Center and worked with his brother, Mr. David Weiss to install these signs onto the Building on Main Street, in front of the Queens Library at Flushing. She did everything openly with dignity and never hided her identity as a Falun Dafa practitioner and consider this name as an honor. However, most of the Chinese immigrants in Flushing were afraid of hearing that name. Whenver she started an office, as soon as her identify as a Falun Dafa practitioner was announced, she was subjected to discrimination and ultimately lost her office space, to the degree that she almost could not find a stable home for her and her daughter. In 2008, the Flushing Hate Crimes occurred (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG-NmIGkOpk). 王彤文 and her daughter were surrounded by a large group of people whose hate were stirred up by the misleading news and subjected to public humiliation. Mr. Brian Scott Weiss decided that Flushing was no longer a place for her and her daughter, but she decided to continue to stay and carry out public education. The escalated anxiety caused Mr. Brian Scott Weiss to decide to request for legal custody to take total charge of the care of their daughter. 王彤文initially decided to fight for her rights, but ultimately decided to take no action to avoid the sufferings from her new family members whose intention was kind. So 王彤文let her three and half year old daughter to return to her family residing in Oceanside, Long Island, in September 2009, while she continued to station in Flushing for the work of the Whole Elephant Institute (http://www.thewholeelephant.info/Our-Little-President-7-20-2011.html). To make sure that she will never forget the promise she made to her daughter in working together as ONE, she decided to change her name into Lotus King Weiss (http://www.thewholeelephant.info/Flushing-Experience.html). Since 2009, Dr. Lotus King Weiss devoted all her efforts in the work of the Whole Elephant Institute and also started to shouder the responsibilities to help the normal operation of the Korean Community Center of New York, a non-profit organization which was turned into a target of hate crimes due to the association with Falun Dafa practitioners. Dr. Lotus King Weiss has since established strong community networks to serve communities of all different ethnic groups and has been focusing upon the establishment of innovative education programs. In 2012, she submitted the first application to the Charter School Office of the Department of Education of New York State. Then, the issue of her being a Falun Dafa practitioner immediatedly became a target of media, both in America and in China. Although the Charter School design touched very little regarding the teaching of Falun Dafa, the center attack point towards her efforts in building a high quality Charter School has been on the issue of her being a Falun Dafa practitioner. The application was not allowed to go through the standard review process last year, immediately after a report on her at the local media, http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2012/33/chinesecharterschool_ft_2012_08_16_q.html
Soon a media in China published the following news about the Whole Elephant Charter School:
In this report, the Whole Elephant Charter School was stated to be rejected by the Department of Education of New York State after reviewing the application, since "after careful consideration, the State Eduation Department consider 王彤文to be carrying out a project of "Community Hate Crimes".
Such a statement is also linked directly to the original report by New York Daily News.
A Falun Dafa practitioner, Ms. Xiaoming Xu, was initially a co-applicant for the Whole Elephant Charter School (Middle and High School), was repeatedly puzzled by this phenomena and finally suggested that Dr. Lotus King Weiss should not use her name to apply, but do work behind the scene, and that she shall take a new name if Dr. Lotus King Weiss would like to continue to work on the Charter School project. She finally suggested the name, 孔子曰特许学校。 However, she stated that she does not want to be bothered too much by such a project, since she is feeling overlly burdened by the negativity assoicated with Dr. Lotus King Weiss among the Falun Dafa practitioners community. To many local practitioners, Dr. Lotus King Weiss really has again challenged everyone's notions: she recently even tried to make friend with a "evil" woman who has set up a street booth to openly called Falun Gong as "evil cult". She also made friends with an American man who always was waving the Chinese Communist Party Flag whenever there is an important events associated with Falun Dafa practitioners. For some strange reasons, these "evil" people somehow show great respect to Dr. Lotus King Weiss. Is this good evidence that Dr. Lotus King Weiss is a Chinese Communist Party Spy? To Ms. Xiaoming Xu, Dr. Lotus King Weiss had been a great friend and she knew what had happened to her and was always standing up to explain to fellow Falun Dafa practitioners that Dr. Lotus King Weiss was innocent. however, when pressure was too much, she was ready to quit. However, Dr. Lotus King Weiss believes in Ms. Xiaoming Xu's passion in making a difference in public education of children here in America. Someday, Xiaoming will be strong enough to stand next to her to bring traditional Chinese culture to the whole world. At that time, many more experts in Chinese language and culture will be joining them as well.
More detailed information and progress shall be posted on this website. Comments and suggestions are warmly welcomed!
The Managing Organization for the establishment of the upcoming six Confucius Teachings Charter School and six Whole Elephant Charter School will be the Whole Elephant Institute, before the Confucius Teachings Charter School Association is officially registered for normal operation.
All Interested community members and international scholars and educators are warmly welcomed to join this great effort.
For futher information and for submitting suggestions and comments, please contact:
Dr. Lotus King Weiss, Ph.D.
The Whole Elephant Institute