A Good Little School by Carole G. Basile

By Carole G. Basile

An outstanding Little institution will pay homage to Jefferson County Open college, a public college of selection with a thirty-year heritage of offering an alternate schooling for college students in K-12. Chronicled during this publication are the non-public reports and anecdotes of lecturers, mom and dad, and scholars in the university, and the way their contributions make it precise. In so doing, those reflections exhibit to others that there's extra to schooling than traditional topic components akin to math and examining. additionally tested are the ways that the college preserves the middle components that help the scholars' top own, social, and highbrow pursuits. those self-reflective money owed create a studying atmosphere with humanity on the heart, giving scholars the talents essential to lead compassionate lives.

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If we let go of these, then we let go of our history. The mission of the Open School does not explicitly say the word humanity but it is there as they talk about the development of each individual and use words such as nurture and whole person. Teachers want their students to create the world that ought to be—students that act and think humanely—caring, tolerant, respectful human beings. The mission, the goals, and the philosophy of this school are about humanity. This community believes that learning, respect for each other, and a sense of community are critical to schooling.

It also helps you experience things that you will never forget. It will help you establish great relationships with friends. I love school. The Wholistic Nature of Schooling 21 To me school is important. I do not think another school would be the same. Sure sometimes I am tired or sad or angry and I do not want to come to school, but everybody is like that sometimes. Our school is important. It is a safe, calm learning environment. To me school is the opening of the door. It is a way to clearly explain to your life and business.

When the school first started in the seventies, there were classes offered all the time, for anyone who was interested, but there were no expectations. I remember choosing classes sometimes. However, like many other students, I was drawn more to jumping on the trampoline, or digging in the creek, which ran behind the school. Later, the school began to build some structure into the program. At those times I learned the tools which helped me explore my passions. In the long run, I had more confidence because I knew I had what I needed to be successful as an adult.

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