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Randy walked on to the building next door to [Academy of Elder Professionals], and the group followed, reorganizing itself around him where he stopped. “Here we have the Bayside Village School and Daycare.”
Sara moved over to Keith and Leah. “This is where we have Tara.”
Greg scanned the tour group for Neil. But Neil had wandered down the path, talking on his mobile.
“Our vision for the school is to create a family-based community,” Randy said. “At Bayside Village we support and nourish families. And our School and Daycare is designed to rebuild sacred culture for families.” Greg and Sara looked at each other, visibly impressed. “When I say we’re a family-based community, I mean that we recognize that parental involvement in the school and daycare is a critical element of the child’s—and the family’s—overall education. Many schools have high parental involvement. We don’t mean just parents volunteering on a board or selling raffle tickets to raise money. So what distinguishes us? Bayside Village School and Daycare encourages parents to get involved intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually in the school and the educational process, not just socially and financially. We encourage parents to create rhythms in the home that match the child’s environment at school. And teachers work with parents as much as with children. Parents often discover they need to undertake the journey of learning along with the children.”
“That’s like music to my ears,” Sara said to Greg.
“Mine, too,” Greg echoed.
“The school cultivates in our children those same values the Bayside Village promotes in society at large,” Randy said, “including those in our demonstration projects. And you’ll notice the school is right next to the Academy of Elder Professionals, so that we can easily bring together young and old, receive the service of elder volunteers, and provide a platform for intergenerational programs.
“Now,” Randy said, “the school is part of our overall effort at the Bayside Village to rebuild sacred culture in the West. By sacred culture, we mean culture based on deep themes in spiritual traditions, as found in the arts, in stories, in craft, in sacred science, in philosophy and in psychology.”
“I love this,” Greg said to Sara. “This theme keeps coming up—rebuilding sacred culture, recreating civilization.”
Sara nodded. She listened, allowing herself to imagine more now than she had in the weeks leading up to the visit. Perhaps the school could be more than just a daycare.
See also the post Rudolf Steiner's Influence on AlignIt and this excerpt on Rudolf Steiner's Thought and Works.
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