While our slogan states “encouraging independent life-long learners,” there is much more subtext to that statement than may at first meet the eye.

Below, we expand and explain our philosophy of education more fully. They are not in any order of importance.

There are no safe spaces

Any subject is up for discussion and debate. Indeed, the purpose of education is to encounter and explore new ideas. If a student finds a topic or position offensive, this cannot be used to shut down a conversation, or render a particular subject taboo.

However, personal attacks, bullying, and threats of physical violence or of damage to property, will not be tolerated.

You don’t get what you don’t earn

There are no prizes for participation, and the awards, rewards or results that you expect in no way affect the awards, rewards or results that you deserve. Complaining about what you think you should have got will soon lose you respect.

However, if you feel you’ve been unfairly assessed, present a convincing case and you are more likely to be taken seriously.

There won’t always be someone to direct you

Unless you’re in the military, sitting idly while waiting to be told what to do is frowned upon. Part of our goal is to make you an independent learner, and ultimately an independent and proactive person able to ascertain what needs to be done next, and then go ahead and do it.

However, seeking advice and others’s opinions about the best course of action, or as a sounding board for your ideas is often a good idea.

Learning is your responsibility

We cannot learn for you, we can only provide an environment in which learning is the focal activity. If we tell you to do an activity, do it. If we tell you read something, read it. If we tell you to research something and write about it, research it and write about it.

We tell you to do these activities because we know they will help you learn. If you don’t do them and consequently don’t learn, it is not our fault, it is yours.

You must sometimes deal with uncertainty

We don’t always have perfect information, but must still make a decision. In a learning environment, this means that there won’t always be detailed assignment or activity instructions that can answer every question a student may have. In cases like these, you must learn to make the best decision you can with the information available, and then explain why you made that decision if necessary.