"Here's to the crazy ones.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them,glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
While some may see them as the crazy ones,we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
- 1997 Apple Computer, Inc.
The funny thing is that kids naturally do. It's only us adults who have to challenge ourselves to 'think different', to not be concerned with the status quo, to go against the grain. But kids, they are curious, creative, imaginative, adventurous, fearless. They aren't burdened yet with society's ideas of what is 'right', 'wrong', 'correct', 'incorrect', 'should', 'shouldn't'; they are undeniably themselves and they have amazing thoughts. The goal is not to squash them.
As Sir Ken Robinson says, "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original." "We are educating people out of their creative capabilities."
We need to embrace our children's capabilities and celebrate their 'different' thoughts...which is exactly what we do at Acton Academy.
At Acton we encourage our students to come up with new ideas and to test them. We allow our students to create their own quests and orchestrate the entire thing as they are ready. We encourage them to go after what they are curious about in real world apprenticeships. We ask them to think critically on a daily basis because we value their thoughts. We encourage them to try new things, which ultimately results in some failure. But we believe that people learn more from their failures than their successes. So we encourage our kids to fail early, cheaply, and often. And yes, they struggle, but they get back up even stronger.
So while some may call us 'the crazy ones' because we think and act different, we will be busy celebrating our students' differences as genius and helping them change the world.
Join us and dare to 'think different'!