School Search Like A Rock Star!
The DC school HUB Preschool and Private School Fair will showcase 60 of the DMV’s finest schools and education outlets for area families. This is not the same old, same old admission fair. It will be high energy and very interactive as select schools conduct demonstrations in adjacent rooms throughout the morning.
What you’ll find here:
- Every daycare, preschool, and private school in the Washington, DC, area aka the DMV,
- Forums to ask and answer questions,
- A section to find Who’s Got Spots in their daycare or school currently and in the near future,
- Blog posts from area educational leaders,
- A calendar with events to visit and learn about schools and child care centers,
- And much, much more!
by John Templeton (Temp) Keller, Co-founder and Director, Blyth-Templeton Academy
As I often joke with friends, it always feels like a decisive moment in education. And alas, education tends to evolve at a glacial pace. A much posed question these days is what does it mean to be successful, and who really is most likely to succeed?! The ensuing debate makes it seem like a defining moment in education.
For quite some time now, many have been debating the value of college degrees and viability of the traditional college business model as a whole in the 21st century. This lively discussion among educators and thought leaders has contributed to a consideration and adoption of some provocative ideas and models for change.
What Are the Good Questions?
One of our fundamental beliefs at Blyth-Templeton Academy is that asking good questions is far more important than regurgitating correct answers. We need to rise above providing standard, ideological education answers and instead ask some of this moment’s most important questions about education, schooling, teaching, and learning:
- Over 100 years ago the United States went from one-room schoolhouses to the robust, industrial model we have now. It was a transformation that was nothing short of miraculous. Perhaps it’s time for another change?
- Right now we are attempting to educate a generation of kids who will work in jobs that have not been invented yet. They will be called on to solve problems in a world so complex we can’t even imagine it. How do you design a school system that prepares kids for that? READ MORE
By G. Ruga, Editor, Paying for Private School: Tips and tricks for sending your child to private school
Time Magazine reports that private school can save you money by giving you home location flexibility. This in turn can save you $50,000. They are right! Indeed, you can save even *more* money if you take the right steps after moving in.
Small is Beautiful
We live in an OK but not great public school district. As is typically the case for such school districts, the homes are older and smaller. Our smaller home costs less to heat and cool. And it costs a lot less to repair. There are less materials needed and they often cost less to replace. Don’t be scared into buying or renting a brand new place to avoid costs – over time the smaller home will come out way ahead in many ways.
As one of many examples, our current roof cost $3000 to replace back in 2010. For larger homes a roof replacement can be $8,000 to replace with just basic materials. And larger homes are often fancier requiring you to get better materials to fit in. And this leads to the next benefit – keep up with the neighborhood expectations. READ MORE
Less Pressure To Spend
Keeping up with the Jones is a lot different in our neighborhood. Folks are lot more down to earth. Literally. Hiring a lawn service is considered either 1) a mark of shame or 2) you must be ill and we should step in to help.
People who move here and hire a lawn service seem to eventually shift to mowing it themselves. Every Saturday morning they see countless examples of how do get it done. And the entire street is a tool sharing enterprise. Having auto mechanics and DYI folks as neighbors really helps as well. A a lower cost neighborhood is lower cost on many levels and with more down-home kind of folks we prefer.
by Lee Palmer, Head of School, Blyth-Templeton Academy
In my more than 30 years teaching and leading high schools, I often see parents unknowingly sabotage their own child’s success. They’ve been bombarded with messages that tell them, “the more involved you are in your child’s education, the more they will learn.” It’s not that parent involvement isn’t crucial to success, but many of us are doing it wrong.
The interpretation of this involvement maxim has come to mean helping with homework, rushing to school to bring the forgotten book, offering a multitude of enrichment activities, hiring tutors, and using carrots and sticks to motivate. While it is important for students to know what is valued in their families, it is equally important to allow them the space, time, and emotional support they need to own their high school experience and grow into independent and competent adults.
Here are four things we need to “unlearn”:
#1. Over-emphasizing homework.
If your child is anxious about homework, tell them to email their concerns to their teacher. Don’t engage in the homework with them, whether it is to provide assistance or discuss their anxieties about schoolwork. The more discussion of homework, the more the message your child receives from you is “this is important and I have to do it tonight or I have failed.” Of much greater importance for learning is satisfying primal needs for sleep, food, and love.
Which scenario leads to greater learning – staying up until 2:00am to work on something that can easily be remediated with the help of the teacher the next day or getting a good night’s sleep and arriving at school the next day ready to ask for help?
On the other hand, be open to discussions initiated by your teenager about what they’re learning at school. A powerful reinforcement of learning is explaining something of interest to someone else. READ MORE