21 Nov Eliciting Greatness: An Educational Philosophy for Woodstock School
We can never predict from which of the rich variety of Woodstock experiences a young person may be inspired to find their grand passion in life – and so our educational approach must be broad, challenging, engaging and experiential, requiring the learner to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results, through investigating, experimenting, being curious, solving problems and assuming responsibility.
This document describes the underlying principles from which my commitment to such an education has grown. I hope, in deeper conversation and further development, that this vision may emerge as Woodstock’s own and something which inspires us to release the potential of this remarkable place.
The Scottish novelist, John Buchan, put it well, “Our task is not to put the greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.”
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