We chose The Children’s School for our son twelve years ago (our daughter followed a year later). There was no question in our minds that the educational theory behind the program made sense. Children learn best when they are active participants. Well, of course.
It not only makes pedagogical sense, but it makes practical, “this-is-what-you-experience-every-day-when-you’re-a-parent” sense. What we’ve found though, is that by sending our children to a school guided by this educational theory, learning and discovery have remained for them a natural part of their daily lives.
We chose The Children’s School not just because their philosophy matched ours, not just because we felt both the academic and social curriculums to be rich and meaningful, and not just because TCS rejects the commonplace assumption that testing a child into a coma will somehow make him smarter or more successful. We chose The Children’s School because of the students we met there. They were funny; they were confident. They had things to say, and they said them. They were interesting. And they were smart: scary smart. They spoke about their education and their school as if it were precisely that – theirs. And it was. And so it is for our son and daughter. It is their education, their learning, their lives. And they have become those children we met nine years ago – they are smart, articulate, knowledgeable and interested. (All these things and they score incredibly well on standardized tests, too!) They don’t see education as something apart from themselves. They don’t see the learning process as something they have to do. To them, it’s life – a life of asking questions, a lifetime of learning new things. It’s part of them. And it’s something that will stay with them as they continue their education. From technology to the arts, from the classics to cutting-edge theorists, our children have been given the tools, the skills and the knowledge to become whomever and whatever they’d like to become. What parent could wish for more than that?
Simon and Kira
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