We want to:
- Shape a future for World Peace
- Create a community based on compassion, dialogue and equality
- Respect and honor our place in the Natural World
- Inspire young people to be loving custodians of Nature
- Promote good physical and mental health
- Develop independent learning
- Give all children the essentials of personal academic progress
- Engage parents in their children’s learning
When we were writing the outline for this school, I wanted to avoid educational language as much as possible. This might seem contradictory. It’s a school, after all, so there should be no better place for educational language, right? Not quite.
It depends on how you like to see the world. For me there is a huge difference between a human conversation and an exercise in a textbook. One is real and the other is artificial. The artificial has its place, but we wanted to design a school where the “real” was given its own weight.
In one of the first drafts of the official documentation I saw that a commitment to World Peace was hidden somewhere around page 30. “That’s nuts,” I thought, “if you believe in World Peace, you don’t put it in a footnote.” You might think it is silly for a school to have World Peace in its Mission Statement, but it is even sillier to put an aspiration to get good examination results before it.
When you read our Mission Statement, you should get the idea that we have high aspirations. We really believe that the small things you do with your life have a broader resonance in the world. Small things matter. Children matter. Parents matter. I would even go so far as to say that parents and children matter much more than whatever is written in the formal curriculum. And the ultimate way that these small things can matter is World Peace.
Conversely, what you aspire towards matters. If you say that the limit of your aspirations is to get a load of qualifications, a well-paid job and yacht, then you are setting some limitations. For a start you are telling yourself that what matters in the world is money and stuff. You are going to measure yourself against others according to how much money and stuff you have.
I think if you look at our Mission Statement you will see that we do not go along with this way of thinking. We want our students to appreciate Nature, community, family and good health. You can’t buy any of these things. Sure, you can buy an education at MBAT- see my last post– but you the aspirations within the school go beyond what money can buy.
What you aspire towards matters.