I often get questions about what kind of program we have. Most of the time, these questions come from people who see us at the grocery store. Sometimes the students explain, and sometimes I explain that we have a program which offers not only academics, but also a practical side to learning; hence, the luncheons every week. Last week, a young man at the deli counter was so very impressed with the students’ manners, level of independence, and confidence to speak of the luncheon they were planning (the planning, the preparations, the cooking, and clean up process in its entirety). He mentioned to me later that he wished so much that he had had something like that when he was growing up.
“Education should therefore include the two forms of work, manual and intellectual, for the same person, and thus make it understood by practical experience that these two kinds complete each other and are equally essential to a civilized existence.” (From Childhood to Adolescence, p. 65)