Exhibition Pep Talk
I wanted to highlight an important note regarding a few aspects of our learning model that the final week of a session often shines a spotlight on. Another Acton owner recently discussed some of these same thoughts with his school and some of his thoughts are mingled with mine in the following. Does the following scenario hit close to home?
What are you missing???.... I say this with love: I think you might be missing the whole point.
It's not your challenge, your project, or your badge. This is their hero's journey.
During the Revolutionary War, teenagers in America captained ships. Most started real world apprenticeships at age 13.
Our children will find a way to earn that badge. Yes, even if the requirements or instructions aren't perfectly clear.
"But Lance...that's easy for you to say...you can just put your guide hat on!"
But I actually think it is during these formative times when we must be more vigilant than ever to resist the urge to step in and solve challenges for them or shield them from the consequences in order for this learning model to work. They will eventually use the tools that are available to them (their brains, google/books, reaching out to peers, and finally reaching out to a guide for Socratic help if they have tried everything else).
It may take time.
It may take receiving strikes.
It may take watching a beloved fellow traveler level up to the next studio without them.
Whatever it takes them, we will encourage and support you on that journey as a parent--but we will always insist that you hold your promises in the parent contract to never interfere or attempt to solve a problem for your child.
It is the very foundation of our learning model.