We draw our inspiration from dozens of the best educational philosophers, and then synthesize it into our own philosophy through years of study at MIT, Lesley, Waldorf Teacher Training, and Montessori Teacher Training.
We will use an integral philosophy drawn from all the best educators, taking what works in today’s creative learning environment and leaving behind any dogma.
We believe that respect comes from modeling appropriate behaviors with each other. We embody the code that, “Actions speak louder than words.” We will emphasize a positive approach to all behavior expectations. We seek to provide a wholesome, nurturing environment where children may strive towards their highest potential based on respect and courtesy. If a problem arises within the course of the day the child will be verbally approached in a dignified manner to talk about the issue and how we can learn and grow from the experience. If an action is intentionally physically dangerous toward another we will require a “cool off” period where the child will go home. Then, together we will meet to come up with a supportive behavior plan of action to support the child. If physical harm becomes the child’s default coping mechanism we will ask that you find alternative program options, as safety and respect is required.
By having one facilitator and a handful of children, we keep things simple. There is a tradeoff to simplicity, and we are choosing to relinquish certain advantages that would be gained by having a larger meetup.
Finally, what about grades, homework, tests, and mandatory participation?
By Founder Jay Silver
At TEDx Youth by Founder Jay Silver