“Education is the kindling of a flame not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates
At Boldwin School we understand that education is controversial matter. People have different opinions on how education ought to be. Instead of tackling the matter with mere opinion, we have studied through extensive research all schools of thought in education starting from Idealism championed by Plato around 300BC to the Critical Theory championed by Paulo Freire, all the way to Normative educational philosophies especially the Montessori method. We adopted a philosophy that cherishes the contribution of so many thinkers and simplifies their theories with a set of beliefs that are embraced wholeheartedly by teachers, staff, students, and parents of Boldwin School.
- We believe that one should teach the things that one deems to be of everlasting importance to all people everywhere. Since details of fact change constantly, these cannot be the most important. Therefore, one should teach principles, not facts.
- We believe that talent was distributed non-genetically, and thus must be found in children born in any social class.
- We believe that education must be based on the principle that humans are social (animals) who learn best through real-life activities with other people.
- We believe that the “associations of ideas” that one makes when young are more important than those made later because they are the foundation of the self.
- We believe that character development emphasizes individual responsibility for decisions. Real answers come from within the individual, not from outside authority.
- We believe that young children given freedom in an environment prepared with materials designed for their self-directed learning activity can bring about sustain and support their true natural way of being.
- We believe that learning is interdisciplinary, integrating practical, artistic, and conceptual elements. We should emphasize the role of imagination in learning, where developing thinking includes a creative element, as well as, an analytic component. The goals are to provide young people with the basis on which they develop into free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals, and to help every child fulfill his or her unique destiny, the existence of which anthroposophy posits.
- We believe that the happiness of the child should be the paramount consideration in decisions about the child’s upbringing, and that this happiness grew from a sense of personal freedom.