The phrase “a school’s assets” is one that we read more than ever these days, the idea being that every school has a set of physical and non-physical assets. It’s often used to describe the school’s buildings (the physical plant), computer hardware, and the like.
I guess I’m very old school – pun intended – here, as I believe that a school’s assets begin and end with its people. Teachers, parents, students, alumni(ae), donors, administrators.
I also believe that anywhere can be a school. I’ve seen some amazing learning and teaching literally in the wilderness. The assets of a great school are intellectual ones. Couple that with a willingness to be creative and to change and you have a magical proposition.
Think about the schools where you went and where you send your children. What would you describe at their greatest assets?
Don Adams, Head of School