Changing Education Paradigms

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”

Grace Prep Presents “The Race To Nowhere”

On April 24, 2012 Grep Prep High School sponsored a public showing of Race to Nowhere at the State Theatre in State College, PA.  Race to Nowhere is a documentary that points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students have become disengaged; stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

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Grace Prep Students Receive National Merit Scholarship Accolades

Grace Prep, a small, innovative Christian school of 65 students in State College has two students who have received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

 

Anna Moyer, 2011, is among the nation’s 15,500 National Merit Scholarship finalists. This honor is based on scores from the 2009 PSAT/NMSQT,  academic records, an application essay, and recommendations by mentors and teachers.
Anna, daughter of Steve and Deb Moyer of Boalsburg, received the National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship, one of the 8,200 National Merit corporate and college-sponsored scholarships given that spring. She attends the University of Alabama, pursuing a degree in the sciences. For her senior project Anna created a resource website (www.yourspecialchef.com) for life skills teachers and parent of special needs children that include over twenty adapted picture recipes.

Zach Donnor was one of the 34,000 commended students in the National Merit Program, scoring among the top 5 percent of students who took the 2009 PSAT/NMSQT. Zach attends Hillsdale College pursuing a degree in the sciences.   Zach is the son of Gary and Sallie Donner of Tyrone. For his senior project Zach researched the worldviews and faiths of the various Founding Fathers of the United States.

Grace Prep Alumni Spotlight: Where are they now?

Remember these three smiling faces? Four years ago, Salim George, Drew Davidson, and Robby Gresh were accepted into  Schreyer Honors College of Pennsylvania State University–A school that has been compared to Harvard, Yale and Princeton offering 241 honors courses to only 300 incoming freshmen per year. They have come a long way in four years. Salim is currently working with the World in Conversation Project and is pursuing a degree in Philosophy. Drew will soon graduate with a double major in World Language Education and Spanish. He will soon enter the classroom as a Spanish teacher. Robby will also graduate in May with a B.S. in Engineering Science. Next year, he will be teaching at  Penn State while pursuing his M.S. in Engineering Science.