Modern culture will have us believe that children are empty little vessels awaiting to be filled with predetermined knowledge, who need to be guided with a list of instructions to follow, so as to achieve the perfect life. Then at the age of eighteen, we cut the strings and say, “OK, now go and do your thing.”
Within this mindset, we, as a society, are failing to prepare our kids for the real world, because life is ultimately the series of personal choices we make --- stacked up from birth to death. If young people have not been given the opportunity to make decisions, how can they possibly find their own way? How will they discover what is best for them? And, how on earth can they be expected to make good choices when their lives have been mapped out for their entire childhood?
These four words, “you are in charge”, is our way of offering our students, the five-year-old to the oldest teen, direct responsibility for their education, as well as their entire lives. When balanced with guidance, trust, and unconditional support, they soon understand, on a profound level, that this freedom is suffused with responsibilities, as well as expectations.
We have discovered that giving kids autonomy produces confident, intrinsically motivated, inquisitive, and concerned young adults who are unafraid of making mistakes, getting involved, making important decisions, and being happy.
When asked, “what do you appreciate most about DRC?” Our kids, time and again, refer back to this basic premise. They are grateful that they have the opportunity to make choices that directly affect the direction of their lives. When no one else seems to trust them with the big things – we do.
Assembly Woman Visit Postponed
Addie Jenne is unable to be here on Tuesday, as previously scheduled, due to unforeseen circumstances. Her office will reschedule her visit for some time in May. We will be sure to share the new date with you as soon as we hear.
DRC is Accepting Membership Applications for September.
We are the safe educational choice for children who want to spread their wings and fly. Contact us today for more information.