Need Memphis school advice
July 18, 2012 2:33 PM Subscribe
Located in the Memphis, TN area my spouse and I are struggling with finding the right school structure for our young son, who will be starting 1st grade in a few years. We both want him to be in an environment that teaches children HOW to learn and HOW to find the answers, not just repetition and memorization but critical thinking at a place that doesn't require a declaration of our religious beliefs.
posted by flesti to education (12 answers total)
We have found one school who uses the Socratic method, but it is strongly Christian based and another school for Jewish children only. While neither of us have any issue with Christianity or Judaism, we feel religion should be practiced at home with tolerance and acceptance - and tolerance and acceptance in turn should be supported by school/community.
I know, I am living in a dream world.
So all-in all a religious based school would be ok, if we don't have to make some declaration about our faith to be accepted.
Being from Memphis, I know that I live in the Bible-belt.
With NCLB and the size of both the city and county school systems, we know that these schools cannot support classical learning but have to prepare students to score well on tests.
Are there any small public schools or non-religious private schools in the Memphis-area that have the time to teach students HOW to find the answers and HOW to use deduction to figure out the answers vs. memorizing what is required?
(Also, schools we are considering, and would love more feedback about: Campus School