Why Teachers and Students Should be Friends (as told from a student)

I'm a 12 (almost 13) year old in grade 7 and in my opinion, everybody should be friends. Life's too short to hold grudges, especially with someone who you work with 5 days out of the week. The relationship between students and teachers is an important one and I believe that the ability to work together is a crucial skill. 
Here's the problem; as a society it is common to look at school as something to hate and something to fear. People look at school as a prison, not a privilege. School teaches us about what we want to do and who we want to become. When the majority of kids (myself included) wake up in the morning, we don't want to go to school. Why? It's because school doesn't truly engage us. If teachers and students were friends, we would wake up ready for school. Spending a day with your friend sounds great, doesn't it?
This is where Blue Sky School comes in. We work towards learning that engages students and has a friendly atmosphere. No more hatred of s…

Blue Sky School Speech by Maddy

Maddy is a young student who attended our Kanata Town Hall. She was so interested in Blue Sky School that she wrote the speech below to share with her class in a speech competition.

"Consider how much technology has changed, a new car model comes out every year, and people pay thousands of dollars to renovate or update their houses.

But none of these things are as important as our education. So, what can be done to improve and update the educational environment?

What if you could decide when to start your school day? What if educators adapted to your style of learning rather than you adapting to the traditional classroom? Every child learns in a different way so does it make sense to teach them all the same way.

Mrs. Powell and fellow classmates, all this and more is possible at Blue Sky School, an experimental prototypical school of tomorrow. This is a new and innovative school with a different way of teaching and learning, located right here in Kanata.

Blue Sky School realizes …

What is Blue Sky School?

Imagine if school challenged me to think of the impact I have on the world.
Imagine if I got to be independent and move my learning at my own pace.
Imagine if school inspired me to achieve my most ambitious dreams and plans.
At Blue Sky School, you don't have to imagine any more.
Blue Sky School is the experimental prototype school of tomorrow. We are opening in Ottawa, Canada in September 2017 with an amazing class of 12 Pioneer students.

We are offering a unique new type of learning experience for grade 4-12 learners. We are a school innovation centre built by, for and as a community.
At Blue Sky School, students engage in passion projects that empower them to impact the world in a positive way.

The issue with modern day schooling is that it is under a one sized fits all category. Students are told to sit down at the same desks day after day, with kids who are the same age as them, split their learning into chunks that are divided by the sound of a bell, answer questions with only…