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Why does it seem football is the activity that schools care about?
Everyone can agree there should be more to school than just academic classes, even though the core curriculum makes performance at higher levels possible for advanced studies, activities and even sports, including football.
Traditional lecture classes do not foster teamwork, give and take, or teach how to overcome failure for later success, especially with their competitive ranking environment. Sports can teach these critical skills, making up for some traditional shortcomings at the cost of long hours of practice with large amounts of money.
There is no doubt that Allen High School has received significant publicity for spending over One Hundred Million Dollars ($100,000,000.00) on their high school football stadium and athletic facility. They, like many high schools, like the “spirit” aspect of a Friday night football game.
Physical health is also important along with movement helping to rejuvenate students during the school day and physical education does benefit growth.
Yorktown Education has a better way of accomplishing these objectives.
Sports should not be compensating for shortcomings in the basic academic program. Yorktown’s academic program requires teamwork, group projects and “give and take” debates and discussions. We grow our students to higher levels to overcome challenges and build real self esteem from true accomplishments that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Yorktown Education provides avenues for student passion with our “Do What You Love” curriculum programs. Activities come in all flavors, robotics, acting, music, ballet, equestrian sports, gymnastics – and yes, you can even play football.
We work with schedules and arrange for passions fostered on a personal basis that celebrates and promotes the growth of the student: “Do What You Love” coursework.
“Do What You Love” curriculum helps our students complete a year of college course credit work while still in high school. This creates preferred admission and college scholarships for our students.
Examples of student activities last year include: scuba diving, rock climbing, courthouse, judge visits; week long trip, including 65 different activities in Washington DC; Amon Carter and Cavanagh Museums; Perot Museum of Science and Nature where our students had a formal dinner for prom. Yes, our kids are smart, and we have a few geeks.
This year’s planned activities include: museums of Art and Science, a golf tournament, parties, a Nuclear power plant tour, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Who does not like money?
Overnight trips planned include Austin, Texas, and Houston, Texas; and a scuba diving trip. We are also planning on a two weeks excursion visiting Europe including London, England, Paris, France, Switzerland, and Florence and Rome, Italy (not Texas).
While physical movement will always be important, we feel the movement of the mind and the fostering of passions will always produce the kind of graduates that will thrive in today’s work environment. Watch the blog for pictures and updates as our staff and students get into the real world and see what shapes it for themselves.