“Oh great. No pressure. It’s just that the whole future of education depends on us.”
Yes, it reads as a little snarky; even a bit sarcastic. But the tone was much more accepting; more like the recognition of a serious truth.
We don’t talk about it much, but deep down our Eagles know they are leading an important experiment; a bold experiment that just might change the world.
Pictured above is Paulette, a visitor from one of the most disruptive education companies in the world. She came to Austin to see Acton Academy for herself.
Paulette watched the elementary and middle school Eagles in action: launches; Socratic discussions; preparing for this week’s exhibitions. Then she convened a focus group.
One by one she heard strong statements about the importance of having the freedom to control your own education. And then one that was heartbreaking, when Paulette asked about failure at Acton compared to other schools:
from an elementary school Eagle: “Failure at Acton is part of what we do: heroes fail early, cheaply and often. At my old school, the three students who scored the lowest on a test had to go and sit in the bathroom, on the floor, and think about why they were failures. The three students with the top scores got candy.”
Sometimes we forget the great wrongs done to little heroes by adults, and the grace with which they bear them.
So what did Paulette think about Acton. Her parting words: “Even after this short exposure I know I would have loved for my own children to have experienced the learning environment at Acton.”
The whole future of education depends on a determined band of Eagles? Yes, it just might. And that’s what gives us hope for the world.