BTA Community Answers: “What is the purpose of school?”

Submitted by sarah on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 14:23
Word Cloud

On the first day of school, students, parents, teachers, staff and board members were asked the question,“What is the purpose of school?”Some answers were surprising, others challenged us. We’re grateful to be a part of a thoughtful community and are pleased to share what they wrote:

  • To fail
  • To ask questions
  • To make friends
  • To build
  • To have fun
  • To teach growing people the tools they need to navigate and thrive in the real world
  • Guided growth
  • To learn how to learn
  • To be uncomfortable enough to be open to change
  • Structure, inspiration, guidance, expansion, exploration
  • Some part is about socializing and getting into a group/community
  • Create opportunities
  • Incubator
  • To find a passion
  • Good, orderly direction
  • To “draw out” new ideas and innate curiosity
  • To learn and find something you love to do
  • Protecting creativity
  • To coagulate learning
  • Learning in a community
  • Nurturing the potential of a student
  • To make a lifelong impact on the people around you, and yourself
  • Challenging assumptions
  • Training wheels for life
  • To prepare people to benefit their own lives and the lives of others
  • To learn social skills
  • To learn from the people around you J
  • To educate and simulate the mind in a way that prepares a student for a productive life
  • Motivate, stimulate, provide a safe, nurturing environment
  • Fostering kindness, compassion and a sense of community
  • To give my parents a break
  • To fuel passion
  • Learn to be, learn to do, learn to know (in that order)
  • To learn how to be a lifelong learner
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • To gain new experiences in class that can be applied outside of them
  • To get into college and get a good job
  • Exploration
  • To fuel passion
  • Exploration
  • To acquire intellectual, emotional and moral tools for life, efficiently
  • To get out of the house/it’s the law

As we embark on our second school year, Blyth-Templeton Academy will continue to explore both old and new ideas about the purpose of school and what “school” should be for students today.