Surroundings are really important: A sense of belonging to something special and larger than yourself, a readily available spot for comfort and rejuvenation, a place of showcased beauty, a place for sereditipous inspiration and for relaxed humorous collaboration are not extraneous but ESSENTIAL for a complete education. Amherst seems to do all of this best, but no one can top Yale for making a student feel like something special via grandeur. (Freshmen can live in a castle turret)
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.