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May 20, 2006

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." --W. B. Yeats

Island School

What if the environment was your schoolroom? At the Island School in the Bahamas, it is. Students there find themselves up to their knees in mud while exploring a mangrove creek, face to face with a coral reef 40 feet underwater, or holding a 700 year old pottery shard. As active participants in the educational process, students are taught to think like scientists, cultural historians, and teachers. And in place of a blind quest for a grade, students are engaged in a mind, body and spirit journey that forces them to confront authentic challenges.

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