Partners in Formation
The Heights Forum is the outreach branch of The Heights School. Our mission is to support educational leaders, teachers, and parents in their own efforts to educate the children entrusted to them.
120 Parents Attend Heights Conference on Freedom and Technology in the Home
Last Saturday, The Heights opened its doors to some 120 parents—many parents of current Heights students, some friends of the school, and still other prospective Heights parents. Following on the success of last spring’s Fatherhood Conference, which similarly saw well over a hundred fathers in attendance, last Saturday’s event featured a blend of lectures, Q&A sessions, and breakout discussions. The topic was technology and freedom; or, in other words, how to raise children who have the ability to master technology and not to be mastered by it. In many ways,...
Teaching Craftsmanship: On Skills and Boys’ Hands
John Paul Lechner and Joseph Haggarty discuss Sparhawk Academy’s craftsmanship class. Sparkhawk students engage the real, and craft meaningful works for their families and community while gaining skills that will serve them for life. It’s a good for the present and the future, and a good in itself as well: hear two teachers share how they share their own love of making–a virtue for fathers-in-the-making.
Optimizing Patterns of Professional Life
A school head is the caretaker of many people: teachers, other administrators, parents, students. Beyond people, he is also responsible for the material aspects of a school, not to mention the many programs offered at the school. Due to the nature of his work, the hours of his day may often be spent in response mode, making it easy for him to feel like a short order cook. In this mode, success may easily seem like a matter of mere efficiency—getting things done—and a school head may lose that contemplative...