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We develop critical and creative thinking skills

The 21st Century is characterized by a different type of thinking – a higher level of thinking that forces adaptation to today’s rapidly changing world. Darlington students can no longer be passive recipients of facts and figures that they dutifully memorize and just as dutifully forget after a quiz or test is turned in. In a world where knowledge is always expanding, our challenge as educators is to stay ahead of that expansion by teaching our students to become better thinkers. Darlington is committed to an academic program centered on developing just these sorts of critical and creative thinking skills. We are designing learning experiences from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade that will grow our students into adults prepared for a lifetime of thoughtful living and learning.

Our first task in this endeavor is to encourage our children to stretch themselves to a higher level of thinking. The classroom instruction is no longer focused just on lower-level activities. Knowledge, comprehension and application are essential first steps on the thinking “ladder” that must also proceed to the higher levels of inference, analysis, interpretation, prediction and evaluation. Our students are naturally inquisitive, and it is our hope that a curriculum focused on critical thinking will provide them with those tools vital to promoting and even provoking that inquiry.

In addition to promoting critical thinking, Darlington classrooms foster creative thinking by celebrating the uniqueness of each child and by providing challenging, open-ended assignments that have more than one right answer. A classroom filled with creative thinking produces fluency, flexibility and originality while offering new ideas in a variety of diverse contexts and through an array of unique perspectives. A classroom that encourages creative thinking is a classroom of wonderful possibilities, and every room, court, field and office at Darlington will do so.

As future leaders and problem solvers, our students will regularly grapple with challenges that we can only imagine today. At Darlington, we invite our children to lead, to solve problems and to imagine every single day. That is what we mean by “child centered.”





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