At Michaela we have a quote on the wall that says, ‘Freedom comes from self-control.’
Many people think that freedom comes from a lack of control. But at Michaela we believe the opposite: it is only by mastering one’s base desires that one can be free to embrace real freedom and genuine choice. Only with knowledge can one know freedom of thought. Only with practice can one know freedom of expression.
The same goes for that smartphone. We are clear that if we see or hear a phone, we’ll confiscate it. And we’ll keep it for a long time. The kids are clear. The parents are clear.
So guess what?
No one at Michaela ever takes out their phone. I can count on one hand the number of times a pupil has deliberately taken out their phone in the past 4 years.
They revel in the freedom it gives them.
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