Surprises

One of the problems in attempting to do some things differently in education is that people are often surprised.

Since many people tend to think that all schools are basically the same, when something is not done the way that "everybody else" does them, it can be a head-scratcher. American culture has produced a population that prizes "out of the box" thinking, but the reality is that we often stay pretty close to the cube in many ways. This should be predictable, actually, since the vast majority of Amercans have been educated in public schools and all of them have been educated in the past 120 years. The modern, public school -- and the teaching colleges that produced it, and the private schools that have sought to mimic it -- is what we know best, and we have a tough time imagining something not similar to it.

In seeking to return to classical approaches and content that have been long discounted and jettisoned by the modern public school, and in seeking to include discipleship-encouraging courses and approaches that the modern academic-only school would not consider, Lake Pointe's operation includes a few surprises. Add to that LPA's desire to equip and to encourage students as emerging adults, and the goals, choices, and outcomes can be different.

Below are some of the surprises expressed by families inside and outside the LPA community:

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