Sunday, March 06, 2016
If the shoe fits
As Tom mentions on his blog, it used to be that a business with a website was exceptional. Now every enterprise has one and it's hard not to judge the business by the look of its website. I'm especially attuned to this when it comes to schools as we've been in the private school world for decades and are always interested in what jobs might be out there. Lately I've been looking at Waldorf school websites because I'm trying to convince my oldest daughter that this might be a good fit for my middle granddaughter. The website of their local Waldorf school is not very well designed, so the school does not look particularly enticing. I've been sending her links to schools around the country to give her a more favorable impression of this pedagogy which she knows very little about.
Reading about the Waldorf movement on Wikipedia is not the best way to learn about the actual school experience. It's easy to be put off by the spiritual talk and for two parents who are engineers it must sound pretty wifty. Anyway, they are probably not going to even visit private schools even though they agree with me that some kids are cut out for traditional school and others, like this daughter, aren't.
I once heard someone say that schools are like shoes. Sometimes a pair of shoes fits perfectly and you can wear them all day. Other shoes do not fit well, and they pinch or rub your feet whenever you wear them. Some kids are just made for school. It's a perfect fit. They are good at doing school. For some though, school just doesn't fit no matter what they do. There are lots of different kinds of shoes, but not many different kinds of schools.
at 3:29 PM