The Academy will prepare elementary school students for rigorous secondary studies through exceptional foreign language programs, outstanding academics, and rich extracurricular activities. Its innovative interdisciplinary programs will instill within its graduates a global perspective.
Based on a pressing community need as described by local parents and community leadership, the Academy will prepare students in grades K-6 for both knowledge-based careers and lives as members of a democratic society through classwork that emphasizes global awareness and continual enrollment in foreign language classes.
This is the philosophy of education of a charter school. I took the above from a website and removed the name, but honestly is it any different from most schools? Are they really saying anything?
Rigorous – a word without a clear meaning https://plus.google.com/102111820124999073838/posts/hezKi7ckUv8
Outstanding academics – has anyone really believed that schools would skimp on the academics?
Rich extracurricular activities – I love how this is a bonus in charter schools, but an extra available for cutting in public schools.
Prepare students for knowledge based careers; lives as members of a democratic society; and global awareness (through foreign language) – I think this is part of the mission statement of every school in the country.
When we think philosophy of education why are we thinking content? Why don’t we think of method of delivering content? Especially at a charter school.
Try this for a philosophy at your school – We will meet our mission blah, blah, blah, all the stuff above, through classrooms that emphasize student independence, project based learning, critical thinking, measured through informal formative measures daily. Graded through student portfolios.
Or perhaps that is too liberal and wishy-washy. Your school would rather emphasize a back to the basics curriculum. – We will meet our mission blah, blah, blah, all the stuff above, through strict classroom discipline, expert content delivery, measured through objective testing, and graded through accomplishment.
Now which school would you like to send your child too? Better yet rewrite a school philosophy that works for you.