A transformation occurred in our heroes when I wasn't looking. I always had faith it would happen. I just didn't expect it to happen so soon.
I walked up to the studio one afternoon to be greeted by handmade signs taped to fallen branches. In recent days, the heroes had been busy preparing for a presentation they would soon be making at a community forum for Michigan place-based educators. I had assumed the signs were props.
I was soon met by a studio full of outraged heroes. "Someone is destroying nature!" "We need to do something!" "We play there!" "Animals live there!" Destruction of a nearby forested field had brought about a feeling of injustice in our young, wise learners inspiring them to create picket signs and march united in our parking lot.
A transformation occurred in our heroes when I wasn't looking. I always had faith it would happen. I just didn't expect it to happen so soon. They had been together for only a few months. Yet, these heroes, between the ages of 6 and 10 years old, collaborated, planned, organized, and executed a movement. These kids had discovered they each had a voice and more importantly were not afraid to use it.
In our studios, heroes are challenged academically every day. But, it is the challenge of developing the whole self that makes learning at Acton Academy Ann Arbor so different and so very important in developing leaders and thinkers of tomorrow. THIS is why I am an Acton parent.