Inspiration to Give in our own Special Way: A Guest Blog by Young-Bean Song
As uncomfortable as some of these family discussions have been, they also make me proud. I’m proud of my kids and proud of what they are learning at school. Lake and Park’s fearless approach to learning took on a difficult yet fundamentally important aspect of our society, and did it during an especially controversial and emotionally charged time. They’ve enriched my family dialogue, and have given me a spark of hope in these anxious times.
philosophy, quality teachers, the small handcrafted feel, the value placed on play… these are some of the reasons why we chose the school. But what’s less talked about is the uncommon courageous spirit of the teachers and curriculum. There is an undying confidence that our kids will find inspiration no matter how complex the topic (e.g. Is there anything more complex than fungi?). I’m sure there was some trepidation on the timing of their civics course, but they dove into it anyway, whole hog.
It is perhaps this underlying vibe that makes the school most unique. Culturally, our schools have evolved to become more careful, standardized, planned and scaled. Lake and Park goes against that grain. That’s not an easy thing to do, especially the way Lake and Park does it. Simply put, going against the grain requires extra funding. The General Fund allows our teachers to approach topics with the depth and bravery they deserve. On any given subject, somehow the school crams in: field studies, a science fair, expert lectures, homemade videos, poetry, visual arts, music, sometimes even a celebratory feast, all about the same topic. It bewilders me sometimes, but always in a sanguine way. Like the elections, I hope everyone chooses to participate in the Annual Fund. Family budgets are daunting and complex, but like our children, I hope we all find some inspiration to give in our own special way.