The Purpose of Education


Thoughtful schools recognize their role in preparing the whole student for a changing world; a world we can only imagine. In order to do so, schools need to provide a journey that serves the greater purpose of education.

While we may not currently know all that a student will need to know in the future, what we do know is that we must help students learn what to do when they do not know what to do. By learning how to learn, and by extension knowing what to do when they do not know what to do, we prepare them for a world that is still unrevealed. That is the purpose of education.

In order to do this, a school must value that which KBS values:

  1. Great educators

  2. School culture

  3. Creativity

Content is of course important, because students can not think critically without something to think about. In the absence of these three items; however, content alone can not fulfill the purpose of education.

Schools that seek authentic experiences and educate in a personalized manner within a structure help students learn what to do when they do not know what to do.

Put another way, it is relational learning and it is relational learning that forms the foundation for personalization and, by extension, school culture.

At KBS, great teachers care about their students as individuals, allow them to be creative and support the development of meaningful relationships.

Through relational learning and with a focus on learning how to learn, students will know what to do when they do not know what to do. They will also be equipped with knowledge of themselves and be able to work with others to use what they learn to solve novel problems in creative ways.

By keeping the focus on great educators, a strong school culture and promoting creativity, KBS is the best positioned school in the Simcoe region to fulfill the purpose of education.

 

Christopher White

Head of School

Kempenfelt Bay School

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