New School Rocks

Those of you that know me personally, know that my kids attend the Blacksburg New School. Just for recap, BNS is a parent-teacher coop that has a number of very unique qualities. I won't go into them here, but needless to say, just about every week I am very impressed with the quality of education my kids receive there. Note that parents are directly involved in the education of the kids, in our case more so than in others. My wife teaches there (Spanish and Math) and she is currently the president of the board for the school.

Well, my pride in the school went to new levels yesterday. We went out to eat with the whole family (my in-laws are visiting for the holidays). The restaurant gave my 6-year old son a straw that had a little snowman wrapped around it and a second straw that had Santa Claus. He looked surprised and I wasn't sure why. Once the waiter left, I asked him. He proceeded to ask me a question.

How did they know that we celebrate christmas?

Needless to say, I was floored. First, he knew (at 6 years old) that there are different kinds of celebrations in the holidays. This is something that many adults don't know. Myself, I learned about many of the different traditions very late in life, much, much later than being 6 years old. But more importantly, he knew that people should be sensitive to other's traditions! Wow! That is amazing. Just totally freaking amazing. Just for context, this is such an issue that VT issued a campus notice to encourage a welcoming environment for all.... yet my 6-year old knows it!

Like I said, I love the New School. If they can teach a kid to be this wise, accepting, and caring at such a young age, maybe there is hope for the future after all. Happy holidays to all, but in particular to all the teachers at the New School.

Posted on 12/24/2008



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