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A high-minded, high-level overview of Summit schools
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2020
Prepared claims to be a guide for parents that can’t attend Summit Schools. The book, however, is more a cross between a memoir of the author and a description of what she believes makes Summit schools successful. The author gets a bit lost between the two and spends a lot of time talking about high-minded ideals, rather than relaying the detail of the founding of Summit or its methodology.
This let me unsatisfied on basically all accounts. I left confused about how Summit came to be and where it stands now. I also don’t 100% understand how Summit manages the results it claims to have achieved versus other schools.
Project-based learning, mentorship and self-directed exploration all sound like ideas that can enhance the educational process in the right hands. It seems also that these would place a tremendous burden on the teacher to take on extra work. How are Summit teachers able to do projects, act as mentors, provide tutoring and do Whatever it Takes to make sure their kids succeed? What are they not doing in the core curriculum that is so different from a typical public school? Do they work harder, care more or have more staffing? These questions all go unaddressed in the book, as the author gets caught up letting the reader know how much she and her staff care and learn from their students.
I left with the impression that the true aim of the author was to promote herself and her schools, rather than to help parents broadly.