Craig tells another story about laser beams and how life isn’t anything like them. In his book,
Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday,
Craig has a chapter about how non-linear life is and he uses Niall and my life as an example. It turns out that he was accurate and prophetic as well. If you had asked me 20 years ago for the probability that I would found a school someday, I would have answered "zero, there is zero probability that I will ever found a school." Schrödinger was more accurate and as it turns out, the probability was one. Though I am not a cat person, I do hope the one in the box did not die on my behalf.
Buckeye Friends School is a manifestation of Craig’s teaching. Our program works a lot like his CEO program: we take down the walls between classroom and community, we give our kids the liberty to pursue their own passions, and we allow our learners the freedom to make mistakes because we know that failure is not the opposite of success, it is an integral part of it. So when the Effingham CEO Board reached out and asked if I would be willing to serve, I was honored to help. I love Craig and believe completely in his program, he embodied service above self and I want to be like him.
Having worked with many of Craig’s CEO students, I know firsthand the impact this program has on the lives of those with the moxie to pursue it. The crowd that gathered to honor Craig on Saturday included many of the best prepared and capable youth our community will ever enjoy. The engaged, self-directed-project-based-experiential-learning they experienced in the CEO program helped them develop into humans who know who they are and what they love.