by Kori Stack, October 15, 2021

In life we want to keep moving forward and we expect to see results from our hard work in a linear model, but the reality is that life doesn’t work that way.

Life is messy, growing up and learning is messy. Yet so many people are uncomfortable with messy even at the expense of true growth.

Teaching to a Test Can Be Clean & Straightforward

Teaching to a test can be clean and straightforward. Memorize a set of facts and regurgitate them for a test to prove you are learning and moving forward in this linear model. Yet is this true education? Most of these facts you'll likely never need to know again in your life, or if you do you can ask Siri, Alexa, or Google in an instant. Clean, yes. Education, no.

Teaching with Long-Range Vision is Harder

Teaching with long-range vision is harder, but it’s the difference between education and schooling. 

“The word “educate” is derived from the Latin word "educo," meaning to educe, to draw out, to develop from within” (Think and Grow Rich, 107). To develop from within…yes!!

We had our learner-led session 1 “Exhibition of Learning” last week. There were many elements of it that were wonderful, but there were also many elements that were not wonderful. The Eagles didn't prepare certain elements as well as they should have, and a few Eagles thought they would act "cool" and make a joke of the presentation.


Learning is Happening 

It was not a teacher planned or led event where everything is tied in a neat bow. It was messy and that’s hard to watch as a parent or even the owner of the school, especially having witnessed amazing moments playout throughout the session. We are conditioned to think that when that perfectly wrapped presentation doesn’t happen that learning is not happening, but at Acton we believe that this is exactly where learning is happening, as hard as it is to go through.

Real Value Comes from Struggles & Missteps

As parents, we intuitively know that the real value comes from learning from struggles and missteps. Watching these struggles happen; however, is not easy and takes a huge leap of faith. Acton is all about the long game, but the long-range learning journey is neither linear nor quick and easy.

So cheers to this messy, beautiful journey we are on together!