“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

When I think of education, these words attributed to the Irish poet and politician William Butler Yeats are the first that come to mind.

In the yet short time I have spent at Harrisburg Academy, I cannot think of a better way to describe the education that this institution strives to provide.  While the goal of learning math, science, language, and social studies is still present and important, there is an over-arching emphasis placed on providing an education based on the simple desire to learn.  The faculty, staff, and administrators at Harrisburg Academy believe that when you teach students how to learn, they can learn anything.  They graduate with not only the resources, but the desire, to continue their education.

Those skills, and that desire, are present beyond the walls of this school.  Karl Qualls, Academy parent and associate professor of history at Dickinson College, recently spoke to a group of parents at the Academy’s “Coffee and Conversation: International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program Information Session.”  As a professor, he has taught both IB and non-IB graduates, and knows better than many the difference the program creates.

“The IB student comes to college and is overwhelmingly aware of how little they know.  But they’re willing to dig in and do the work because they understand the depth of knowledge available to them.”

By implementing programs like the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Upper School, the After-School Science Club in Middle School and the Learning Links program in Early Childhood and Lower School, Harrisburg Academy is supporting an education beyond facts and dates.  The outcome of a Harrisburg Academy education is one that encourages a love of learning.

As the new Communications Associate, it is my intent to support this goal by bringing you news about what our students are learning, from daily classroom activities to the Academy programs that support this integrative educational journey.