It was a normal night at the Chick-fil-a, which meant I was standing and waiting for a seat. As I scanned the crowed impatiently looking for a seat, a middle school girl we know came running up to talk to us. It had been a while since we had seen her, so it was good to catch up.
With her normal, huge smile, she told us about her family and friends. But, before long, that contagious smile turned to concern as she talked about what was happening at her school.
Scared To Come To School
She said, “I am trying to make a difference, but my friends and I are scared to come to school.” “Why,” I asked. “Well,” she said, “we have had a lot of fights this year.” With deep concerned she continued, “One guy has a broken leg and another a broken jaw.” She was scared, and I don’t blame her.
Now, we could debate solutions to problems all day. What we cannot debate is that fact that this type of environment makes the challenge of learning an almost impossible task.
It is hard to focus when you fear for your physical safety. It is hard to focus on the test in the next class when you are not sure what is going to happen on the way there. How can students reach their potential when they are filled with such fear, anxiety, and dread?
Safety is not just good stewardship; it is essential to creating a context for students to flourish. Throughout their lives, after all, they are going to have plenty to worry about. And, there will be times they fear for their safety. But right now, as school-aged children, that is a burden to great to bear.
Schools should be positive places conducive to human flourishing. Schools should be places of order, discipline, and serious joy.
Safety Matters At CLA
At Christ’s Legacy Academy, we obsess over safety not because we are afraid for our lives, but because we are determined to create the best learning environment possible. We want out students to graduate saying, “I never worked so hard, and I never had so much fun.”
If you are interested in learning more about our obsessions with safety and our efforts to create a positive, ordered, and joyful culture, please call and schedule your free education consultation today.
– Dr. Shane Arnold, Head of School