I couldn’t resist the opportunity to share an interview/article one of our parents forwarded to me a couple of weeks ago.  The piece, A Plan for Raising Brilliant Kids According to Science, reflects a true appreciation for our way of doing things here at Summers-Knoll.  This quote caught my eye, right away:

“What we do with little kids today will matter in 20 years…  If you don’t get it right, you will have an unlivable environment. That’s the crisis I see.” – Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

This quote captures quite clearly the urgency and importance of considering the work we’re doing as a society with children.  The notion that, like climate change, if we don’t start changing our ways of teaching and raising kids, we’ll end up in an “unlivable” situation struck a real chord with me and supports so much of what we aim for here at Summers-Knoll.  A few key takeaways:

  • We at SK recognize that getting a high score on a standardized test doesn’t necessarily translate to a good job or a life well lived.  Sure, we want our kids to be successful on anything they decide to do (and sometimes prepping to do well on a standardized test to get into a specific program is part of this), but more than anything we want our kids to figure out what it really is that they want to do, to develop their passions and feel confident in pursuing them, without fear of failure or setbacks.
  • We value the development of communication skills and the ability to work in teams and be part of a community.  It’s not as much about the individual here at SK, as it is about the success of the group — the team.  Most great things are accomplished when people come together, collaborating to solve problems.
  • Following from this is the way we encourage the respect and embracing of diversity of all kinds.  We need to develop kids who recognize the benefits of different perspectives and backgrounds – something that SK tries to do in many different ways.
  • We know that critical thinking is the link to new breakthroughs.  When people are able to confidently question the status quo and have the ability to sort through the multitudes of information now available to them, they are able to think up new ideas and to innovate creatively to take things to the next level and to solve problems.

I’m proud to say that the work we’re doing at Summers-Knoll fits quite nicely with the thinking in this piece.  It was a great reminder of the serious efforts we’re making as a school to address the world of tomorrow.

The full article can be found here.

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