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Tuesday
Sep252012

Destination Imagination - an After-school Program that Packs a Punch

In terms of our kids’ schooling most of us lament the over-focus on standardized test scores, abundance of worksheets, and basic factory-style schools that have not caught up with 21st century knowledge. Because even though science tells us that a crucial element of learning has more to do with thinking on your feet, creative problem solving, and self-managed decision making, our schools are still stuck in a morass of learn-some-facts-and-spit-them-back-for-a-test. So unless you enroll your kid in a non-traditional school that puts her in the driver’s seat of the learning process, your child might not get practice in some fundamental skills that her future success depends upon. What’s a parent to do?

We supplement with soccer in lieu of PE; after school classes in art, music, or drama (because they’ve been cut in most schools); and other enrichment in hopes of rounding out our kids’ education. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an after-school activity that touched on all of this *and* gave your kid plenty of opportunity to develop those executive function skills that schools sadly can’t afford to worry about? Enter Destination Imagination…

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