purpose of learning should be to transform, not to maintain the status
quo. I had an interesting conversation with a person this week who has
been involved with education in various capacities over many years but
not as an educator. He has worked to reshape what is happening
in traditional schooling as an involved citizen. He is now helping to
re-educate disenchanted youth and prepare them for the
workplace. When we began to talk about the commitment of parents
to education, I had to disagree with him. I reminded him
of how parents from whatever socio-economic level walked with their
child hand-in-hand to that first day of kindergarten with all the hope
and anticipation that all parents have for
However, something happens
between those kindergarten years and about third grade. Some
parents no longer want to come to school. Have they been told
that they don't have the parenting skills needed for their
student? Have they been told the student needs to be fed
more? Have they been told they need to have more books and
educational tools at home?
During this period, we
begin to loose many of our children, as well. The confidence
they had when they walked into the school, just a few years previous
is no longer there.
Surely this is betrayal of
trust and confidence. That hope and anticipation for a better
way of life is no longer there. Parents can walk away from the
schools. Our students cannot, they are bound to the school even
when they don't want to be there. Vast numbers of our students
are not learning even the basic skills. So, this disillusioned
students are eventually pushed out or drop out.
At Knowledge Headquarters,
every day we work to broaden the learning experiences for students, so
that they may make informed choices about topics of interest that
teach the important knowledge and skills that will insure their value
and future role in society. Parents take their rightful place as
guide and mentor for their student with our support and encouragement.
My friend listened to me
go on for sometime and then kindly asked what could be done for those
students who were already lost. I did not have an easy
answer. We are developing programs and ways of reaching these
students to express that we have faith in their desire to learn and
can offer an alternative to traditional schooling that may provide an
escape for their untenable situation.
It will take all of us,
educators, parents and students, working together, trusting one
another and leaving the status quo behind to develop a new way of
schooling that will guide our students to their rightful place in a
May you follow
different roads this summer!
Summer School Students!
We are so pleased to
welcome many new students to the summer school program! Summer
school provides a great way for students to get a head start on the
year ahead, reinforce learning and recover credit lost during the
school year. Whatever your goals, your learning is our highest
priority. We want students to be successful and enjoy their
learning experience. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have
questions or want to inquire about our Fall Program.