Why the Smart Money's on PSCS
I watch TV. Not a LOT, but some and, although it's not all that hip to admit, one of my very favorite shows is Bones, a one hour crime procedural, (very) loosely based on the life and work of forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs.
Bones has always been a little bit cheesy, but it's main character, a science genius named Temperence Brennan (or â€œBonesâ€ as she's nicknamed early on), borders on being my personal hero. She is brilliant, prickly, and complex, staunch in her belief in science, unwaveringly honest, independent, and courageous. Yes, Bones is a courageous woman who is unparalleled in a male dominated, fascinating field. She is also comically unaware of many basic cultural references and the nuances of acceptable social mores, which makes her seem more than a little aloof and detached (oh but she is so much more than that, y'all!). Paired with a hunky FBI agent (who is the yin to her yang), she and her team of forensic "squints" solve murders, put away the bad guys, and find meaning in molars!
I mention all this because in a recent episode the two lead charactersâ€”now married in the 10th season with one childâ€”are working together to solve the murder of a high profile computer impresario(!), whilst simultaneously trying to figure out where to send their child to school that fall. I know. So much like real life!
Geometric drawing by Eli Kimchi
The parents are divided in their educational ideals, with one hoping his daughter will attend public school and thrive, as he did, in the free, local institution that his tax dollars pay for and that helped pave the way for him to become an adult (and a smooth talkin' government special agent!). The other assumes that her daughter will test into and attend one of many rigorous, expensive, college prep schools that she never had the opportunity, or the funding, to enroll in (although please note: she did manage to rise to the highest echelons of her chosen field anyway).
At some point early on in this episode, Bones is introduced to her new college intern: a chatty, sharp young woman, who, it is soon discovered (through various hazy plot twists) has grown up in a local, nonprofit, cooperative school run by a well known philosopher and scientist.
Our plucky hero is stunned that this new intern is smart enough to have been offered a position in her lab! She can't believe that this seemingly normal and hardworking woman is the product of â€œalternative education.â€ The look on Bonesâ€™ face and the very fact that cooperative schooling was mentioned for any reason on this particular show was already enough to keep me watching, but the community-educated intern is normal? Could it be so??
But normal she is. And, although the guest mentions more than once that she is "just a forensic anthropology intern" and many of her peers were "more successful" Rhodes Scholars and MacArthur Fellows, the whole episode ended up being an overt discussion regarding education that redefines... well, education.
Yes, this intern's school life has been college-focused but it only takes Bones one or two commercial breaks to note that this young woman is particularly spirited, courageous, and flexible. She is goal-oriented but group-minded, passionate, and excited about learning.
Suddenly, our single-sighted protagonist starts to question her own stubbornness and anxiety regarding the education of her daughter. After the murder is solved (work comes first, you guys), the two parents reopen the discussion of their options and their conversations become less angst-ridden. They relax and realize that their daughter is going to be fine.
This episode is important for two reasons. First: The other school is not actually the weird school.
Just like families, whether you are also
an FBI dad and a forensic genius mom, two secret agent dads, two sets of co-parents, or ten sets, no family is an alternative
to the norm, they just are.
And as such, independent community schools are no longer the "opposite of normal" or "alternative." Now, schools that offer families a different path are not the shady private school counterpart, they are officially part of the modern vernacular.
Second: The word is out.
Small, community oriented schoolsâ€”which foster human development and self-reliance, while eschewing anxiety and dispassionâ€”are all around us. Even on FOX!
More and more families are discovering this fact, perhaps even watching the same TV show. Unfortunately, some of these families believe they can't afford a school like PSCS, that they are relegated to the aforementioned "set path." And they are wrong. PSCS is not for the wealthy and having choices should not be for an elite few.
Help us continue to build a tuition and program aid fund that has these families in mind. Kindness Matters
, and so do you.
PSCS Morning Coffee
The PSCS Family Association will host a Morning Coffee for parents on Monday, March
Come to Check-in at 9am and then join us for a special guest speaker (ANDY!) who will talk about the Kindness Matters Evening Event Series
coming up at PSCS in April.
Series dates will be posted on the school calendar very soonâ€”but Andy will be on hand to discuss what these evening events are about and answer any questions you might have. Email Heather Pope
and let us know you're coming!