Head of School's Corner
In our opening weeks of this new school year, parents have attended many meetings here on campus: curriculum evenings, coffee mornings, explanations of our language phasing approach, information about camping, and the like. It has been lovely to see so many parents, all interested in the welfare and growth of their children. We speak, and think, quite genuinely of the education of our children as being a three-way partnership between the student, the parent, and the teacher. That is true. But parents often wonder, rightly, what their part in this might be, and how to play it best.
Two weeks ago, the philosopher Zhou Guoping urged us to encourage and respect the natural philosophical inquisitiveness of young children. When they ask naïve but searching questions, he asked us to listen to them and engage them as partners in a joint search for knowledge and understanding. I was reminded of his advice when I came across a summary of a provocative article in an educational digest…
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