Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I see the future, and the future is kindergarten

Tonight the lovely husband put three children to bed while I attended the prospective parents' open house at the school where we think E will be attending kindergarten next year. It was pretty impressive and I'm excited for E to begin there.

The Head of School gave some opening remarks and I'm paraphrasing here, but this really stuck with me:

In the thirteen years of my primary and secondary education I studied hard. I learned many things. But today, my 10th grade son can pull up any piece from the sum total of my 13 years of education on his cell phone! In about two seconds!

Today we educate your children, not to memorize things, but to become sophisticated thinkers. We don't hand them facts. We encourage them to develop their own minds.

Doesn't that sound wonderful? Pin It


JYAA said...

I am so excited for E to start school with all JYAA! What an exciting time. Little jealous that your first time through will be my last time...I'll live vicariously through you for L and G!! Glad we can share next year!

Emily said...

Sounds like a fantastic school! What an adventure!

Jill said...

Lovely! My oldest will start kindergarten next year, too and I'm nervous about how it will be and if the school will challenge him in the ways I believe are important. I'm glad to hear you've found a good place.

a li'l bit squishy said...

It DOES sound wonderful. Sadly I know that we are not practicing it here. Emphasis remains on statistic gathering and statistic gathering is easiest to do from standardized testing. I am hopeful that the school system will eventually catch up as it sounds like E's is!