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我相信我的女儿会选择她想要的生活,而不是别人对她的期望或为她选择的生活,这应该是教育的终极礼物

我13岁的女儿在她房间里的电子钢琴上唱歌和伴奏. 当她学习一首已有的歌曲时,她会专注地这样做几个小时, or composes one of her own on piano or ukulele. 当她专注于她的艺术或音乐的努力之一, she is the hardest working person I know.
11年前,她从大发体育在线学校开始了她的旅程. 我看到她似乎神奇地学会了如何阅读和写作,没有任何正式的教学. She learned as the need arose. She wanted to read what her friends were reading, she needed to read and write to communicate, and she wanted to be in the school play. For Clearwater kids motivation is internally driven. 当孩子们进行他们自己的学习时,成绩或竞争形式的外部动机是没有必要的.
今年她选择在一所公立学校读八年级. 她想探索她认为不上课可能会错过的东西, teachers or external rewards. 她想回到清水镇,我一点也不惊讶. 她很好地处理了课堂作业,也很喜欢她的课程(尤其是她大发体育在线哈莱姆文艺复兴时期雕塑家的研究论文, Augusta Savage), 但她怀念在大发体育在线应有的自由和责任. She misses being treated like an equal by adults. She misses the maturity of Clearwater students—the freedom from bullying and unneeded drama she experiences in public school.
I now know many Clearwater graduates. 他们进入更大的社区,带着一种内在的尊重,尊重自由和自由所固有的责任 终身学习如何做民主公民. I am confident that my daughter will choose the life she wants——而不是期望她或选择她的——这应该是 ultimate gift of education.

-Christine, Parent, 2017


He has gained so much Confidence

大发平台网站的大发体育在线学校之旅从一个最不寻常的地方开始, 这是英国说唱歌手boyinband在YouTube上发布的视频. 大发平台网站的儿子阿伦去年在当地一所高中读大一. 初中生活对艾伦来说真的很艰难,大发平台网站希望在高中重新开始会是一种更好的体验. That didn’t turn out to be the case. The very early start time (7:20), the mindless homework load, 庞大的学生群体让他无法抗拒.
阿伦在网上做了一些大发体育在线另类学校的调查, 然后在YouTube上找到了一个视频叫做:你不需要去上学. He showed me the video in the winter, 并随口提到在博塞尔附近有一所萨德伯里学校. 我是一个爱读书的人,所以我当然查阅了“萨德伯里学校”,开始大发平台网站. 在做了详尽的研究之后,我说我认为大发平台网站应该参观一下学校. We visited last spring (2017). 在大发体育在线只花了一个小时就意识到这可能是艾伦的最佳选择.
他的父亲和我都很担心他将如何从高中毕业, how he would learn without classes and grades, how he would fit in to such a small school, and how he would move on to college. After speaking with the staff at the school, getting more clarification on the process, and doing more research, we agreed to give it a try. 说实话,从第一天开始,大发平台网站就很般配. We feel like Aron has found his tribe, so to speak. We had a meeting with the staff after the visiting week, 大发平台网站都笑了,因为大发平台网站没有太多可以讨论的,除了大发平台网站对学校有多满意, staff, and students. In addition to fitting in so well socially, 大发平台网站发现的其他一些奖励是9点之间的灵活的开始/结束时间 & 5点(艾伦喜欢的时间是10:00-3:30),没有作业(!), freedom to choose what do do with his time, and the 情感成熟似乎一夜之间就发生了.
Aron喜欢为JC(司法委员会)做志愿者, helping with school-related art projects, participating in the Parent Meetings (students have a voice here too), 参加各种俱乐部,包括新成立的西班牙俱乐部, 还有每天选择如何度过自己的时间的自由. He has gained so much confidence these past few months! 所有这些远离压力和忙碌的额外时间让他真正考虑他的余生想要做什么. He is thinking about pursuing a career as a book editor. Maybe. Possibly. 他对视觉艺术的热情也将继续在他的生活中发挥重要作用. 选择是无穷无尽的,现在他有时间和自由思考未来.

-Kendra, Parent, 2018


清水给了我一个完美的成长空间

我在准备毕业的时候一遍又一遍地问自己的一个问题是 “What have I learned from Clearwater?” 我指的不是学习阅读或写作,我指的是帮助塑造我的实际事情. 这是一个几乎无法回答的问题,因为 Clearwater is who I am. Clearwater has taught me how to trust. 如何相信自己,相信父母,相信身边的人. 它给了我空间去学习如何生气,如何为我在乎的事情挺身而出. It’s taught me how to accept people. It’s taught me how to escape boredom, 什么是最重要的事情之一,尽管它看起来可能不是. I have truly learned that all voices are equal, and even the younger kids have very important things to say.
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我最近才开始思考的一件事是 清水给了我一个完美的成长空间. 其中一个最大的例子就是我的焦虑在这些年里是如何发展的. I’ve always had anxiety, ever since I can remember. It’s manifested in many different ways. When I was younger I had trouble sleeping alone, then I had an awful fear of throwing up, and then it became more general, but I was always able to keep it mostly under control. I remember having a conversation with my mom, where I said that if I was in public school, I would have unmanageable anxiety, and I still truly believe that. 由于长时间的家庭作业和不得不整天注意上课而造成的压力, public school would have been really bad for me. 在大发体育在线让我等到我准备好投入到那些事情中去, and I think that is very important.
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This year has also made me a better leader. 我学会了用我的声音来帮助完成我想做的事情. 我最近才开始认为自己是一个领导者, 但最近我意识到清水公司在这方面帮了大忙. 我发现自己在大发体育在线之外的其他地方不断进步,分享我的观点. 今年,我无疑成为了大发体育在线社区更重要的一份子, and that’s going to make it harder to leave, 但知道我在大发体育在线的最后一年真的做到了最好,我也会感觉很好.

-Jacy, Alumni, excerpts from graduation paper, 2018