Honoring The Whole Child

"Each moment we live never was before and will never be again.

And yet what we teach children in school is 2 + 2 = 4 and Paris is the capital of France.
What we should be teaching them is what they are.

We should be saying: “Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique.
In all the world there is no other child exactly like you. In the millions of years that have
passed, there has never been another child exactly like you. You may become a Shakespeare,
a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel.”
Pablo Casals

  • The report The Whole Child by ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) frames education within the most fundamental context—the personalized engagement and nurturing of the whole child.
  • It describes how the focus on one-size-fits-all education has marginalized the uniqueness of our children and eroded their capacity to learn in whole, healthy, creative, and connected ways.
  • It offers a new learning compact with our children—one that rightly puts the children and their learning needs within the center of every educational program and resource decision.
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