"Your child will be a juvenile delinquent!"
- is what Mary heard from one of her daughter's teachers in elementary school. The truth is our current education system doesn't work for all students.
Why do I tell you this? Because I hope you hear that we care, we know your pain, and we know there's a better way.
There are many alternatives to the "traditional school" option these days. The choices can be overwhelming, but I would ask you to consider the following questions:
- What do you want from your child's education?
- What is the final outcome you seek?
I think what we truly want is an education system that provides the knowledge the child needs to know, the opportunity to experience many things so that they can figure out "what they like" or are finding a passion for, and the outcome will be a successful adult that can make decisions for themselves, provide for their own economy and handle the problems life will bring them.
Mary is a skilled and highly qualified K-12 credentialed teacher. She was shocked to hear such words from a teacher. She knows the "educational system", but her mother's heart desired to seek the best education for her child. She knew her daughter needed to be taught from an artistic point of view, so for them, the Waldorf school alternative was the answer.
She was surprised to learn many years ago that teachers didn't know how to bring the talents out for her daughter. She knows how to discern the child's learning style, temperament and strength's, as well as possible points of struggle. Mary moved her daughter out of public school into a private Waldorf school, and after a year, Lillian blossomed and was engaged in learning again.
Today she is a beautiful young woman who is confident, standing on her own two feet, and able to provide her own economic success. She is currently finishing her Masters degree in San Francisco, producing her own artwork, which you should checkout for Lillian Blouin.
The pictures I have shared below are of an egg, which was one of my favorite Christmas gifts this last year. It is beautiful art work, done in the Ukrainian style by Lillian, who the system said would turn out to be a "juvenile delinquent." It means a lot to me, not just because of the beauty of it, but because what I know it took to get there.
Mary continues to teach me how the Arts make all the difference in building the pathways for a child's success. I have learned that integrating the Arts is not about building an artistic child, but helping that child learn the skills necessary to make their own connections through the discipline of the arts.
We have taken all our knowledge and experience and integrated it into our programs next year. Our desire is to walk with you, help you and your student discover who they are, what they like, and how to get there. We hope you will take time to consider the big picture of what "school" looks like for your student. We want to encourage you that it is not about the method, the curriculum, or how much money you have to spend on your child's education.
We plan to come along side with you through this educational journey and through our Master Parent Teacher Series to help you build that personalized learning program for your student. I will elaborate more about this in a later post.