It Really Does Take a Village...

by Nicholas Forcier - Director of Admissions & Enrollment

As a parent who also happens to be an educator, I spend a lot of time thinking about how we produce successful children. Of course, we all have different definitions of success, but I think most of us include some variation of happiness, healthiness, self-awareness, awareness of others, etc...One thing I’ve observed about myself is that I think I’m good at identifying my son’s talents, but I’m not always sure what to do with them.
There’s a difference between talent and skill. Talent is innate, and skill comes from practice. My son has a talent for theatre, but I’m the last person who can help him harness that. My only experience with theatre is that on my first day of college I accidentally walked into one while looking for the snack bar. I know that I have to rely on my son’s teachers, coaches, and mentors to develop his skill in theatre, to invest their time and expertise into teaching him how to move forward with rigor. I’m grateful to have them as part of “our team.” ​

Parents should be able to rely on their children’s schools to truly know their kids; to see their talents and to understand how to cultivate them. However, I speak with too many parents who don’t have confidence in the ability of their school to do that. So how do great schools, like The Albany Academies, manage it? Personal attention is key, and so is having teachers who know how to turn talent into skill, and skill into habit. That is one of the many benefits of a private school education: expert teachers who have the time and resources to turn your child’s talents into something more. We’d love to be a part of your team.

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