Challenge and Support: Finding the Balance
"Parents have long cited close personal attention, teaching excellence, and community as important differentiating qualities of boarding schools. Who wouldn’t want that in a school? Who doesn’t want their children to experience a nurturing faculty who knows and loves them and who are inspiring, talented teachers? Parents have the right to expect that we will deliver on personal attention through excellent teaching and a close-knit community.
How do these expectations translate into realities for our children? My sense is that what teachers and parents want from schools is a healthy balance between challenge and support. These are not new issues, but as many veteran faculty attest, the stakes seem to have changed. We have become far more outcome oriented in our educational practices. Have we become so focused on the 'college' part of the 'college prep' that we have forgotten about the 'prep?'"
Michael J. Schafer, Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, NH