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The Most Important Things

In about two weeks, we'll officially begin our construction work on the campus for the high school.  Demo, debris, dust, drywall...you know–the 4 Ds of construction.  (For now, I'm ignoring the inevitable fifth D, delays.)

The president of the National Association of Independent Schools, Pat Bassett, is ahead of me.  He's been thinking about the letter C on his blog.
"...the skills and values necessary for individuals and the collective culture and economy to succeed in the 21st Century: The “Five Cs” of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communicationcharacter and the bonus “Sixth C” I’ve recently added: cosmopolitanism (cross-cultural competency)."
Bassett pushes ahead and links these skills to publications and organizations that are currently reflecting these themes:
Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills for the American Workforce.Five Minds for the Future, Howard GardnerCollege Learning for the New Global Century. Published by the Association of American Colleges and UniversitiesGoogle: Hiring CriteriaEdLeader21, the public school sector equivalent of NAISETS (Educational Testing Service)The General Public: The Knowledge Works Newsletter (October, 2007) 
It's all there in the blog.  So is my comment in response to Bassett that connects, unsurprisingly, the five Cs to Montessori education.  Sometimes, being predictable is best.


Huddle November 29th, 7 pm at The Glassell Studio School

What else is there to say?  Our next open house will be November 29th at 7:00 p.m.  We're hosting at the Glassell Studio School (5101 Montrose)

Call the school for more information or just show up!


Early Decision! Carpe Diem!

You don't have to wait until April to confirm your place at the Post Oak High School.  This is a good thing because some people are concerned about the small number of spaces available for fall 2012.  With our rolling admissions, that number will get even smaller over the next few weeks.

Apply now and get a decision response within 24 hours of a completed application.

You read that right. Avoid the months of stress and decide now if this is a good fit. Okay, maybe you want to wait and come to the Open House on November 29. That's okay. But you don't have to.

What's Early Decision?

Confirm your enrollment before December 15, 2011 and we've got a $5000 tuition discount for you. Confirm by February 10, 2012 and the discount is $2500.

Need the details?  Give us a call at 713.661.6688.

Just twenty students will join us next fall for the expansion of Houston's premier high school landscape.  Will you be one?


Open House: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m.

It's a good idea to come to this.

You'll get the low-down on the program, meet faculty, and get a chance to ask all those questions you have.

We're meeting at the Glassell Studio School in the Museum District at 7:00 p.m. The event is open to all, students are welcome, and you're welcome to bring friends.

Post Oak is almost 50 years old, but this high school is new. And it's for all of Houston. People here are open to new experiences, don't you know! (have you read it?)


Can't sleep? Don't text me. (Can teens learn this?)

Where do you put your mobile phone when you go to sleep?  Right next to your bed? On a dock nearby?  Is is charging in the kitchen?

Teenagers are reporting trouble sleeping (Forbes 11/3/11) because friends are texting them all night long:
“Someone says ‘I can’t sleep’ so they text you, then you can’t sleep so you text someone else, then the whole grade’s up,” senior Jack Springs said. 
But they're not the only ones getting too much screen time after sundown:
People aged 13 to 64 report poor sleep on weekdays, according to a Washington D.C.-based research firm, which found a high correlation between sleeplessness and late-night technology use.
Remember the days of "taking the phone off the hook" so you could get some sleep?  Right.


Where is 'Old' Hampshire?

Apparently, it's across the pond.  (And it's just called 'Hampshire' for the record.)

It's also where, in Southampton, they're having similar thoughts about creating schools (learning spaces) that actually engage teenagers.
"...college leaders say the school will 'pioneer a bold new approach to learning, involving enterprise projects and real work'. 
Pupils will be given work experience as part of their courses, which will be shaped through consultation with employers. 
Southampton Studio School will offer a GCSE-based curriculum focused on employer-led projects, through affiliations with businesses and organisations including Ikea, John Lewis, GE Aviation, and Southampton University Hospitals Trust."
The school will have more than just 'academic' outcomes:
“The school will require them to develop a sense of responsibility and accountability for their actions as well as encouraging them to achieve well above their current forecasts. 
Who is this school being built for?
City College principal Lindsey Noble said the new school will be targeted at young people from Southampton and the surrounding area who are not meeting their full potential in traditional school settings.
Interesting.  Anyone know any students not meeting their full potential in a local high school?  Bored?  Disengaged?  Merely tolerant of the system?  Hmmm...


Newsflash: Teens like Money

Have we already covered this (Education Week)?
“They take on three and four credit cards, buy pizza for the roommates, and take on loan debt they don’t really need,...they say, ‘I’ll worry about that later.’ They are shocked six months after graduation when they have to repay those loans. It really hampers them.”
Maybe, but more high schools are dialing up the intensity of financial literacy efforts for teens.  It seems all the boom and bust is making folks think a little about preparing for more than just Psych 101.  Why do all those 18 year olds sign up a credit card just to get a free t-shirt their first week at college?  (Tip: In the car on the way to college is not the time to start talking with them about financial well-being.)

Read the full article.


Who likes homework?

The debate is in full swing.  How much is too much?  What's the difference between good homework and bad homework?  How has homework changed over time?  How should it be changing?

Holly Robinson over at Open Salon wonders aloud while her fifth child begins high school.

What's the hook?  He's the only one of the five who went to a Montessori school through 8th grade.

Do any of these sound familiar:
“He wouldn't be having so much trouble with high school if he'd gone to a 'real' middle school”“Computer games are ruining our kids”“He's always fooling around”
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