The choice to enroll our daughters at the Innovation School boils down to one word: freedom. I do not fault the teachers and staff at public schools who are doing their best with an overwhelming number of children to serve and a set of government mandates that promote cookie-cutter strategies to education.
I have watched as the amount of time for socializing (peer interaction) has dwindled from minimal to nearly non-existent in public schools. It boggles my mind at the life strategy here. It has been my observation that the most powerful skills in the workplace are people-skills—leadership, collaboration and inspiration. Yet public school seems determined to insist that it is all about information management.
In contrast, the smaller class sizes and many types of cross-age-group collaborations at the Innovation School has given our daughters a level of confidence to express their thoughts and a set of difficult-to-quantify social skills that will serve them well into their lives. Skills and facts can be easily acquired through focused diligence. Developing intuitive communication skills when you’re young is an opportunity that can’t be gotten back. We have zero regrets about our decision to give our girls an experience of freedom and exploration in learning through the Innovation School community.
Thank you to TIS parent Monte Faul for this contribution to our Deeper Learning blog!
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