Friday, March 24, 2006

A well-deserved break

Hope everyone in the JIS family has a great semester break! Looking forward to seeing everyone back in April, when we'll have just over two months left of school. Time flies!

Here's something to think about while you're relaxing or exploring -- and don't worry! This isn't one of those questions that hurts your brain. Actually, it's interesting when you really just let your mind go:

What are the four things you want your children to be able to do when they graduate from high school? Think big. What kind of real-world things must they be able to do when they leave 12th grade?

Robert and I have had many good arguments (errr, I mean "vigorous debates") on this question. How hard it is to narrow down the list to the really critical things! But it's the kind of thinking that's happening right now in great schools around the world. So what do you think?

See you in April!


At 2:53 PM, Blogger Catherine Quoyeser said...

What a great and thought-provoking question, Cheryl. I concede at the outset that the 4 contenders below need to be more specific and measurable and that some may argue that I have exceeded 4. (Tried to finesse this issue with formatting!) I should add that I have assumed the task is to identify core or foundational skills. Of course, the curriculum would remain as rich and varied as it is currently to accommodate a wide range of individual interests, aptitudes, and career paths.

Belatedly, I would like to take this opportunity to state publicly that I agree with Cheryl and the anonymous commenter about guiding principles of JIS governance. In other words, I believe Council should achieve and maintain the very highest standards of transparency and accountability in matters of educational policy while protecting the privacy of individuals. Such standards entail involving parents and other moral owners as actively as possible in policy discussions and research.

Happy spring break to all!


1. The ability to read and think analytically and to express ideas clearly and confidently in writing and public speaking to a standard I lack the expertise to define.

Financial Literacy

2. The ability to use basic math skills and operations to master the 10 basic money skills identified in Joline Godfrey’s “Raising Financially Fit Kids.”

Conflict Resolution

3. The ability to resolve both inner and interpersonal conflicts through

i. self-knowledge, including a written credo of one’s personal strengths, needs, values, and spiritual beliefs;
ii. mastery of stress management, including understanding of the mind-body connection, regular use of relaxation techniques, and achievement of minimum standards of physical fitness.
iii. mastery of active listening, effective assertion statements, and the “collaborative” or “win/win” model of conflict management.

Lifelong Learning

4. The ability to learn throughout life through

i. mastery of the process of secondary research,
ii. understanding of the scientific method,
iii. understanding of primary research including both qualitative and quantitative methods, and
iv. mastery of Internet Explorer and a variety of other computer applications.

Catherine Quoyeser


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