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Thursday, May 6, 2010

The best summer camps are better models for schools than the best schools

When thinking about planning a day, or a week, or a month, and the role of coach and peers, use the most rigorous summer camps as models more than the most rigorous schools.

This means focus on:

  • teamwork as much as individual work,
  • stewardship as much as self-interest,
  • physical work as much as mental,
  • games as much as study,
  • leadership as much as compliance,
  • badges as much as grades,
  • learning to do as much as learning to know, and
  • successful accomplishment as much as successful evaluation.

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