Saturday, March 1, 2008

Educating the Whole Child in Salt Lake County

Our world is changing rapidly, and our education system is struggling to keep pace. Demand for a highly skilled and educated workforce is growing, 20th-century jobs are falling by the wayside, and the global marketplace is a reality. But, as educator, I know we are losing too many kids and wasting too much talent. Nationwide, about one in three students drops out of school before graduation, and many graduate unprepared for college and work.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, a nonprofit education organization, proposes a whole child approach that ensures each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Common sense and research tell us hungry kids can’t learn, scared kids can’t think, and bored kids don’t thrive. Putting students at the center and aligning resources to their needs engages them in learning and prepares them for a bright future.

Good work is underway. The Newcastle Preschool in Draper, Utah, The Waterford School in Sandy, Utah and Channing Hall Charter School in Draper, Utah operate on comprehensive educational platforms that focus on whole child education.

Schools can’t do this work alone. All community members, from parents to business leaders, must help educate the whole child. Join us in this effort and go to to learn how you can help.

Whole Child Educator