July 2013

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As the Head of School at Academy at the Lakes, a Tampa private school, I often worry that parents and children feel like they are on a treadmill, running from school to activity to activity without much opportunity for reflection. It can feel like we are burning a lot of energy just to remain in the same place.
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Both Tolstoy and Freud put it more succinctly: we want our children to be able to love and work.  A basic formula to guide us in helping them to grow to their potential does exist: it requires that we provide appropriate levels of nurture, structure, and latitude — something that top private schools provide in spades. The top private schools provide: 
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As parents, we seek the top private schools for our children to help position them for a successful life’s journey. I believe that the top private schools are those that present excellent academic programs (as a given), but go beyond to provide each student a broad range of opportunities: 
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Through team sports, children learn cooperation, how their responsibilities mesh with those of others to produce results, and how to strive for improvement together. The individual and collaborative skills learned in youth sports are very much aligned with what the 21st century workplace will require of our children. These three rules will ensure a great...
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