At Templeton Academy a frequently asked question is how our approach to learning prepares teens for an uncertain future. We welcome this concern voiced by many families who are seeking educational alternatives. The truth is that education everywhere is changing because the world is changing.
As educators, we know that we have to look at the future differently than we did 20 years ago. Today’s gripping question is “how do we prepare our students for careers that may not yet exist or to live in a world that we cannot imagine?
Today’s teen students will face a very different world than their parents did and they will need a new and different approach to preparation for that uncertain world:
- They should become more adept at communicating with others through various modes of communication: writing, oral presentation, the arts, and technology.
- They should be able to think creatively and critically, to solve problems, to think outside the box and to collaborate in groups effectively.
- They should also learn to embrace differences in other people, of different ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
- And perhaps most importantly, kids should be given ample opportunity to find their unique passions and voices.
We are committed to creating an environment in which our students are motivated to learn about the world around them and themselves. We want them to be smart, driven, artistic, kind, and curious. They should no longer accept the need to sit in a classroom and be talked at, but want to actively participate in their learning.
At Templeton Academy all the classes are seminar-based with responsibility assigned to students for generating discussions. The kids are gaining independence to self-advocate, as opposed to learning a lot of content but then not being able to apply it and solve problems.
Why is this important? One reason is that, without knowing which skills students will actually need, we can create the environments in which they become independent learners. Learning how to learn will equip them with the lifelong learning skills they will need to thrive in the emerging workplace..
Are we successful? Here’s what our students have to say:
12th Grade Student: “Since coming to Templeton Academy DC, I have become more confident in my own independence, critical thinking, and ability to make informed decisions. TADC’s encouragement of freedom and self-sufficiency has a made respectful and relaxed space for my strong sense of self while simultaneously exposing me to new people and perspective.”
11th Grade Student: “I have learned new subjects and become better in writing, reading, math, analytical thinking, programming skills and logical thinking skills. I have become more mature, a better student and teacher, and my future looks bright.”