Dear Families and Friends of the Columbus Learning Cooperative,
For those who read this and are not aware, the CLC has been on a full hiatus since May of 2018. By this I mean that there are currently no paid staff, there is no location, and their are no enrolled families. What then remains of the CLC?
A vision is all that currently remains of our program for the moment. It's a collective dream that perhaps there is a way to educate children which honors their humanity, individual uniqueness, and personal passions. A way for child to learn which reignites their innate curiosity, passion, and unlimited creativity. An environment that is safe, healthy, and engaging. A program which will not only help them create a better tomorrow, but that immediately helps them to live a better life today.
Why then the hiatus? Many schools and programs promise to aim for similarly lofty visions as the one I've just described, yet few manage to actually create it. The CLC had done much in the way of achieving these aim, but it's trajectory was gaining momentum along a path of a cultural and educational philosophy which ultimately would not live into the vision I've dedicated my life to manifest.
What lead to this? A myriad of things lead to this hiatus but ultimately I am to blame for shutting things down. I have the firm belief that it will be far better to suffer the hardship of short-term failure so that we can reorganize and reorient ourselves to head down the path of long-term success. However, this choice is not one I lightly made. Rather, it's consequences have weighed very heavily on me and I have spent the past two months in deep reflection.
What's Next? This summer has been a time of reflecting on what went wrong, recuperating, and also reinventing. I've traveled across the US visiting, researching, and learning from various alternative schools and programs. There is one school/program in particular that has stuck out to me; it's called Acton Academy. In the next post I will take some time to explain what it is about Acton that melds so well with the CLC and it's vision, but for now I'll give you a short intro.
Acton Academy believes that "each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose, in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life. Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her hero's journey."
Lastly, I'll leave you with a video which will hopefully inspire you as much as it has me. If it does, let me know so we can all work together toward creating a beautiful educational opportunity.