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What Do Parents and Students Want in an Education?

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Per my last post, in recent weeks, I've been thinking back on the founding of Blyth-Templeton Academy and looking seriously at how our educational model responds to the big questions about education that drive conversation today.

At the most basic level, we all know that parents are interested in seeing their children be safe and succeed. Students, when you actually ask them, more often than not want to have fun with friends and feel successful.

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3 Questions We Ask Parents and Students Who Are Interested in Blyth-Templeton

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Applying to private schools, especially private high schools, gets a bad reputation for being a highly stressful and highly selective yet oddly ambiguous process. Many students and parents find themselves asking the question - what do they want? What are they even looking for?

At Blyth-Templeton we pride ourselves in operating under a spirit of honesty and transparency. We think a high school education should be about more than standardized testing and measuring up to predetermined benchmarks of success.

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How the Most Popular TED Talk of All Time Inspired Blyth-Templeton’s Approach to Quality, Affordable Private Education

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Interesting things can come from the unscheduled hours of a flight delay. A bout of bad weather during a layover between Austin and Washington D.C. gave me the gift of several free hours to catch up on long-neglected articles and podcasts. Before I knew it, I was musing about the original founding of the Blyth-Templeton Academy model and about the questions I asked then and still ask myself about how education ought to work in order to best serve kids.

Here’s an exploration of some of the questions that I have been asking and answering as the BTA team pioneers a re-conceptualization of...

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4 Things Parents Should “Unlearn” When it Comes to Education

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 In my more than 30 years teaching and leading high schools, I often see parents unknowingly sabotage their own child’s success. They’ve been bombarded with messages that tell them, “the more involved you are in your child’s education, the more they will learn.”

The interpretation of this involvement maxim has come to mean helping with homework, rushing to school to bring the forgotten book, offering a multitude of enrichment activities, hiring tutors, and using carrots and sticks to motivate.

It’s not that parent involvement isn’t crucial to success, but many of us are doing it wrong. 

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What is the Magic of the Inclusive School?

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As a parent, it is heartbreaking to watch your teen struggle through adolescence. As adults, we know adolescence is the trial and error period leading to adulthood. Learning to navigate the adolescent years is a critical step toward becoming a satisfied adult.  

It is still difficult to stand by while watching teens question their role among their peers.

This is precisely why parents should prioritize a small, inclusive school environment during the high school years.

In this post, we will walk through the magic that happens for teens who are given both the space and freedom to grow and...

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