Parents who want their children to receive a “good education” must concern themselves with what kind of education is best for their children and how their education will directly affect their growth into adulthood. It goes without saying that children should be competent in the 3R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic) but at the same time, parents must look at long term goals for a lifetime of education.
One of the most important goals of education is to teach children how to learn. Children must be able to think critically in order to evaluate what they see, hear, and read. This is a skill which is paramount, not only to structured education, but to life in general. Another goal that must be achieved is to have children develop the necessary traits of a healthy personality. Self-assurance, self-respect, trust in others, and respect for others must be developed.
Next, we want the children to work well with others. Sharing with others, understanding the needs of others, and assuming responsibility for the well-being of others are important qualities one must have in our world today.
Finally, we want the children to work creatively in order to fully express themselves as the unique individuals they are.
I feel that when children are provided with a stimulating and nurturing environment, a positive attitude to education and to those around them results.
At Crestwood, our goal is to provide students with sound academic skills, while at the same time providing them with the framework from which they can develop the necessary lifelong skills which I feel encompass a “good education.”