Learn to Obey?

Feb 21, 2024
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by Jeff Sandefer June 15, 2015

We often contrast Acton Academy’s “Learn to Learn; Learn to Do and Learn to Be” goals with the “Learn to Know” approach favored by traditional schools.

Recently I realized our view of traditional schools is incomplete. The full mantra is more accurately stated as: “Learn to Know; Learn to Obey.”

In most traditional environments young people are rewarded for doing as they are told (Learn to Obey.) No character development or critical thinking required; simply memorize a slew of facts and it will be assumed that you have mastered a subject (Learn to Know.)

It’s a far simpler model than Acton Academy. Our approach requires messy real-world challenges (Learn to Do;) choosing a process and path (Learn to Learn;) and the courage to forge character by battling pressure, ambiguity, and failure on a Hero’s Journey (Learn to Be.)

In most cases, the simpler the better. But not when you are preparing young heroes for life-changing callings in the tumultuous 21st Century.

At Apollo Academy, we are dedicated to encouraging each child to explore the world to forge their learning journeys. To learn more about enrolling in our full time private school, schedule an intro call here or check out our resources here. You can also find us on Instagram @ApolloAcademyTampa.