Self Advocacy and Personal Responsibility
At Linsly, we want students to learn to speak up for themselves, to be self advocates, and we want them to do so in a way that shows deference and respect for others in their community.
The president of The National Association of Independent Schools, Patrick Bassett, explains, "What is unusual about our times is that the American culture projected in the popular media and popular imagination has become so distorted and grotesque—so reflective of only the more sordid aspects of our collective values and aspirations—that counterculture is something we long for. Indeed, when it comes to education, the best schools (both public and private) are now, ironically, countercultural." We at Linsly agree with Mr. Bassett's assessment. That's why when popular culture rationalizes dishonesty, we require honorable behavior. When popular culture lionizes the individual, we proselytize community. When popular culture advocates winning at all costs, we stand for fair play. When popular culture exhibits vulgarity, we insist on civility.
At Linsly, we believe in helping students gain independence in a carefully structured, safe environment. We want students to learn to speak up for themselves, to be self advocates, and we want them to do so in a way that shows deference and respect for others in their community. We want students to know how to stand up and say, "I'm responsible," even when admitting responsibility is hard. In short, we want to teach students to become leaders today, so that they can shape the world of tomorrow.