On this, the final day of our Pilot Program, I would like to take time to thank everyone who has participated in this on-going endeavor. It has been an amazing six months. I have grown and learned more than I could have ever imagined. And, as we focus our attentions on the Summer Workshops and Fall membership, I am including the following for your consideration. It is a concept that is close to my heart and the reason Deep Root Center exists!
Kids are competent! This is a message that needs to be broadcast far and wide. I have seen it with my own eyes as I help children navigate towards independence. Multiple You-Tube videos, blogs, and articles are documenting this fact as well. I am completely flabbergasted when people are astonished when a teen, tween or young child shows competence or 'outstanding' achievement in something they are passionate about.
We just don't give our kids the time, resources, place or encouragement to be amazing. Those are the only reasons these publicized accomplishments seem extraordinary.
There are so many examples that have circulating the Internet through social media in just the past few months. Logan the thirteen year old in Aspen CO, who is “Hack Schooling”. All of the kids in 2013 TedX prize winner Sugata Mitra's “hole in the wall” experiments in India. Jacob Barnett, another 'homeschooler' who says, “forget everything you know.” Nikhil Goyal a teen-ager from Long Island who wrote a book about the broken public school system and who tours the country giving speeches.
This is just a small sampling. Can you imagine if every kid had the opportunity to follow their passion? This world would be an amazing and awesome place to be sure.
Again, Thank you! Pass it on!
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