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My Educational Philosophy

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This is a writeup of my educational philosophy for a joint venture I’m beginning to work with. Enjoy!

Antonio has always believed that education is the key that can open up a world of opportunity to children and that the future of our society rests on our ability to help children access great education; therefore he has been working with children in a coaching, mentoring, teaching, philanthropic or consulting capacity for the past 22 years. While looking for an education company to buy in 2008, Antonio became a strong advocate for education reform in the hopes that it would transform education and help children achieve more. However, Antonio soon became disillusioned as he recognized that reforms such as charter schools and vouchers would only be able to affect a small minority of students, and that they failed to address the most fundamental problems in education.

Through his admissions consulting work, Antonio recognized that elite colleges and universities don’t blink when they see an applicant with a perfect GPA or SAT scores. He knew that elite schools were most interested in applicants who had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and who were able to demonstrate excellence in something that mattered to them, in addition to strong GPA and SAT scores. More importantly, those who tend to succeed at life, whether one measures that through a high salary, an enjoyable career or a happy family, are those who also have a thirst for knowledge and who can excel. Traditional schools are not only failing to set kids up for success in college, they are failing to set them up for success in life.

Antonio recognizes that traditional schooling is one of the best ways to destroy the love of learning, creativity, confidence and motivation in children. Everything we know about educational psychology tells us that segregating children from society and putting them into buildings where they are punished for pursuing their own interests, where they are told they are slow if they can’t keep up with an arbitrary curriculum, or that they are trouble-makers because the curriculum is too slow for them is a terrible way to educate. We know that clumping students together based on age or some measure of intelligence is a worse option than allowing kids of varying ages and capacities to learn from one another. We know that summative assessments utilized to rank students distracts them from productive learning and convinces many children that they are not smart. We know that lectures and worksheets are among the least effective ways to teach children new material.

Antonio promotes progressive education, both at home for parents who choose to homeschool or unschool, or formally through alternative schools. In addition to his admissions consulting work, Antonio has also consulted numerous homeschool and unschool families on how to create progressive education environments. Antonio plans to continue to build upon his work consulting families on education, his research into progressive and alternative education, and his studies at Harvard to help expand the opportunities for parents to provide their children with educational experiences that allow them to excel academically and in life.

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