The Curiosity to Question. The Courage to Lead.
Middle school is an amusement park of discovery. It is a time when young people can easily hold two diametrically opposed ideas and passionately defend both without the slightest sense of irony. As Dickens said (before middle school existed), it is the best and the worst of times.
Beyond the intense physical changes these young people are undergoing, they are also experiencing a time of both questioning and independent thinking; and sometimes, because it seems easier, forgetting about thinking and simply conforming. When young people push against the rules, our job is to gently push them back into their lanes — but not into the ditch.
To understand and treat young people like the adults they are aspiring to be is the best way to develop the meaningful relationships we all want with our children. We are not seeking to raise automatons, after all, but seekers of truth and beauty with a moral compass. These are exactly the kind of young people who grow up to change the world.
Get to know TASIS Portugal and the many ways we rely on the TASIS ideals of truth, goodness, and beauty to prepare our middle schoolers to go forth with the curiosity to question and the courage to lead.