Beliefs

Trust in Children and Childhood

Decisions that are right for kids are the right decisions.

Childhood and adolescence are developmental times that have purpose, and that we should celebrate.

We must not be tied to past practices that were designed for different times and different purposes.

“There are really only two types of schooling,” Chad Ratliff says in Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools, “that which is meant to assimilate and oppress and that which is to enlighten and empower. To which Ira Socol adds, “We don’t ask kids to develop “grit,” we choose to surround them with whatever abundance we can muster. We don’t choose adult comfort at the expense of children’s. We choose to do what our kids need.”

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