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We started with the idea – whole child education – that we could make a difference in a few children’s lives. We implemented to the best of our ability the tenets of a whole-child education striving to learn how to address the whole child – body, mind, heart and spirit. We watched as the principles we taught and the techniques we used made a difference in the education and daily lives of not only the children and families we were working with but also the teachers, administrators, staff. Was there a way to expand our reach? Was there a way to make a bigger impact? Can we actually function in a broken US educational system hyper-focused on testing our children to death and focus on developing the whole child – body, mind- heart and spirit?
At times it seemed to be a daunting task, but unbelievable opportunities have presented themselves, great men, women and young scholars have contributed to this new possibility, and our dream has become a reality. We are now well into our 5th year and have many, many success stories of students becoming scholars, ailing families becoming whole and all adults in the Paideia community finding their voices of empowerment.
Paideia Academies is a free public charter elementary school which provides a central hub where children are brought up with knowledge and care, where families are strengthened, and where communities are built. We have learned through our experience that an education is so much more than just schooling.
The ability to pass a test won’t create independently thinking members of society who contribute to their community, have confidence in their ability to adapt, learn and grow in any given situation. Passing a test won’t build character and develop leadership abilities. Schooling alone won’t strengthen families and produce kind, considerate people. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “To raise a man in mind and not in morals is to raise a menace to society.” We chose a whole-child education!
It takes a village to raise a child – we understand that. All aspects of a child’s life is included in the Paideia idea. Engage the family, the school, and community to create synergy with a child’s education and something magical happens in the life of a child.
Paideia Academies welcomes you as we look forward to being part of your child’s “Whole-Child Education – Body, Mind, Heart, Spirit”.
– The Paideia Idea Team