A PLACE TO GET THE BEST OF SCHOOL, and forget the worst.
Whether for a teenager currently in it or for the adult for whom the memories are still vivid, the very idea of school somehow manages to conjure up groans, deep sighs, and a myriad of negative associations. Certainly, there is (or was) a great deal that’s amazing about the day-to-day routines of school. A chill session with friends during a free period. An insightful and thought-provoking discussion in English class. A last-minute phenomenal comeback victory. The list could go on and on. But at the same time, these singular moments of great joy often get lost in the midst of other emotions experienced throughout the school day. The stress of studying for a test. The worry over whether a teacher will like an essay or not. The daily mound of homework many hours deep. The feeling that no matter how much work gets done, there’s always more to do. The frustration of endless competition. The anxiety of the right GPA, ACT or some other acronym required by a college application. What would school be like if it was only the good parts? The workshop tries to bring this idea to life. Participants are encouraged to reflect about the best parts of school and then help realize them together with their peers. Through discussions, reflections, and activities, and without the stresses of tests, grades, competition or anxiety over the future, workshop participants experience a different and unique approach for improving their social, academic, and emotional wellbeing. For adults, the opportunity to experience or re-live only the very best of school without all the negative pressures can shift attitudes toward learning, alter self-perceptions, and redefine what it truly means to be a student.