C. David Kearsley
Individualized Instruction & Coaching in Physics and Mathematics
Teaching and research are synergistic pursuits. Teaching excellence and scientific curiosity cannot coexist without interacting symbiotically, in order for any scientific discipline to thrive. I have observed this to be especially true in my life, because the teaching process has invariably had the effect of enhancing my familiarity with my field of study, and sharpening my own communication and problem solving skills.
I believe that I have a special understanding of the advantages inherent in an independent educational environment, for students, teachers and parents.
For students, there is the aforementioned commitment to excellence on the part of instructors who are teaching within their field of study. It is often a field chosen at a very early stage in the teacher's life, and a source of considerable passion.
For teachers, there is the advantage of latitude, or more precisely, academic freedom. This is a commodity that is increasingly hard to come by in bureaucratically and ideologically pressed public school systems, with the predictable result of teachers who are reluctant to deviate from curricula which suppress creativity, critical thinking, and intellectual curiosity.
For the parent there is accountability, the certain knowledge that any academic issue encountered by their son or daughter will be addressed, constructively, as soon as it manifests itself, and that teachers will demonstrate no small degree of vigilance in monitoring each student's progress, to ensure that all parties are working towards their full potential.
Nothing less is acceptable.