Every culture emphasizes different values. This goes beyond ethnic cultures and even applies to work cultures. Each organization has different beliefs that motivate its employees and make it successful. At Optimus Learning School, we believe that a balance between two seemingly contradictory values is the key to the success of our school and our students. These values are discipline and critical thinking.
Some educational cultures only value discipline. These students are trained to be respectful towards authority, to work hard, and to focus. Discipline fosters a serious environment in which the same thing is usually required of everyone. Only the very best are praised and rewarded - all other hard work is simply expected. There are many benefits to the value of discipline, but in isolation it can be taken too far. When students are pressured excessively they become rigid and lack creativity. They will only focus on the exact formula that they believe is required and try to master it. Thus, when they are eventually faced with a new problem that does not fit into their existing schema, they can become frustrated and panicked. That is why it is so important to develop critical thinking.
When a student learns to think critically, they essentially learn to ask how and why something works. Rather than memorizing rules and formulas and accepting them at face value, they go beyond the surface and try to have a deeper understanding. This is important because it enables students to learn a concept and then apply it to various situations. Creative thinking relies on individualism and can sometimes require challenging authority. It entails thinking outside the box and always trying to improve the way things are done. Every scientific and technological invention that we rely upon today was a result of critical thinking. However, without discipline, critical thinking can also be abused. People who think critically but do not have discipline might be impulsive, ignore tradition, defy authority and develop hubris.
This is why balance is so important to us at OLS. We teach students the important aspects of discipline: working hard and respecting authority. Yet we also encourage them to think critically: questioning the reason behind concepts and being creative. We give them freedom to read, create art, and play games. Yet we also challenge them to excel in their academics. Our promise to you is that we are dedicated to this philosophy of balance, and we believe it will help your children to be successful.
Tagged: After School Program in Brea, afterschool fullerton, afterschool yorba lindaAt Optimus we strive to instill a balance between the values of discipline and critical thinking. We are dedicated to this philosophy because we believe that it will enable students to grow successfully as individuals and in their academic careers. Optimus Learning School offers an after school program in Brea such as math help and homework help. Optimus After School Program in Brea serves Brea, Fullerton, and Yorba Linda/Placentia areas. Optimus Learning School also offers SAT, ACT, PSAT, AP, IB programs in Brea. Our classes have a small ratio, with an average of 4-5 students per teacher. We offer such classes as AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science and various other AP classes. Students can enroll in our daily tutoring service or our once a week classes. Optimus Learning School serves Brea, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, and Placentia areas.
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