One attribute of children is their ability to dream and imagine. Within the imagination lies the ability to dream, to aspire, to create, to see the world as it might be, not just as it is. With rich imaginations, children suspend the rules of reality and, with a few dress-up clothes, a doll, a broom, or simply words, become someone else, create a new world, or experience an adventure on another planet.
Imagination is what makes empathy possible, allowing us to cross the “empty spaces between ourselves and others… it allows us to break with the taken for granted, to set aside familiar distinctions and definitions.” This ability to see new relationships and worlds around us opens the door for students to “carry out the possible rather than the necessary.”
Children remind us of the possibilities of our future, helping us see beyond the “taken for granted.”
Taking these lessons to heart, we provide opportunities for our students to dream and create. By applying knowledge and imagination, students construct new knowledge and learn how to act on their dreams, and, if they choose, how to change the world in which they live becoming participants in a democracy.
In seeing the world from another perspective, they can better appreciate other opinions and views, thereby resolving conflicts before they escalate. By exploring a ‘better reality” they begin to apply concepts of justice and fairness on a more global level, helping them navigate peer relations and personal responsibility in a new light.
Imagination helps them to “begin to ask in all tones of voice there are—Why?”
In many ways, our students’ ability to dream and imagine is mirrored in the journey of Blue Oak School. Sixteen years ago, our founding families joined together to found a new school, deeply embedded in the progressive tradition, committed to the whole child, critical thinking, exploration, community, courage, diversity, and academic excellence.
These pioneers saw the possibilities in such a school and, with determination and passion, developed a mission, raised money, and established the Blue Oak we know and love today. Like our students, these families imagined a new beginning and made it happen.
Together, our Blue Oak community is proud of our accomplishments, and ready to reach toward new horizons as we continue to dream and grow.