Our founders, board and faculty pose questions like these at the center of our work to build a more sustainable and harmonious world. What if, they ask, a school speaks up rather than down to the intellects of children? What if a school's curriculum is built from children's questions and wonderings about the world, built on our human and natural desire to create and do? What if we develop educational practices that foster -- instead of hamper -- creativity and innovation? What if, freed from the what-has-always-beens that hold some schools back, and from the standardized testing that has paralyzed our nation's discourse and practice, a school launches the inventors, artists, and changemakers who will act boldly and courageously in the face of a changing world? What if we align learning in school with the kinds of lives our children are likely to lead? The kind of lives we hope for them?
Blue School is in daily pursuit of these questions. When I walk through our light-filled hallways and see our 4th graders discussing the nuances of evolution and revolution then and now, Kindergarteners installing Goldsworthy-inspired art in our hallways, 2nd graders preparing to present their history of the Seaport to a community board hearing, 4-year-olds performing plays based on original beanstalk stories that grew out of their study of edible plants... I know we have unearthed a secret that many have spoken about but not enough experience: powerful, deep learning is joyful. When I see our teachers studying children's work together, celebrating our scientists as well as our innocents and artists, trying new practices and pushing themselves and our students beyond their comfort zones, I see our hopes and promises for the future living in the here and now.
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