What Makes A School Great?

The difference between a great school and a good school really depends on who you ask. But there are some commonalities that suit most descriptions pretty accurately. Recently, Boston residents, teachers, and parents have come together to collectively figure out just what it is that allows certain schools to help kids shine.

The most commonly held factor brought up was passion. Passionate teachers inspire children to look at learning as an adventure, something to be explored and excited about. Schools that fall short in this department leave kids thinking of work as a chore, a ‘have-to’ instead of a ‘want-to’. According to Bostonians, a successful school should have to force students out of the doors at the end of the day, because they love their activities.

Surprisingly, almost no one listed cost as a factor of good schools. Good education has significantly less to do with how nice the building you’re in is, and way more to do with the people. Of course schools in major disrepair have negative impacts on learning, but apart from this aesthetics are often insignificant.

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