|Cabo Da Roca, the end of Europe|
I know, I'm supposed to be on vacation. And believe me, we've been taking that seriously, enjoying great seafood, taking in the music and art, visiting Moorish castles and hitting the beaches and all that good stuff. Not to mention, getting up at 2 a.m. to watch the Spurs beat the Heat in game 1.
|CGTP's Fernando Mauricio|
|Students at Bento de Jesus Caraça High School|
The classrooms are airy and inviting. The view from the classroom windows out over the Tagus River is so beautiful, if I were a student here I'd have a tough time focusing on my lessons.
The school's curriculum, while called voc-ed, is really about educating the whole child and providing a step up towards either university or career. It includes a mix of technical skill-building and general core courses--science, languages, arts, social studies, etc... Assessments are mainly performance-based, although all Portuguese students must pass exit exams to graduate. Caraça represents, at least to me, a kind of mixture of John Dewey and Paulo Freire.
Caraça talked about "a school that is life" and the school's philosophy is laid out in a book presented to us, called A School For Life, which includes this statement of purpose:
"Looking at the students as a whole -- taking into consideration their personalities, backgrounds, and aspirations, and not just as recipients of knowledge or as future professionals... Our school has small clusters, which allows a human approach to all situations."Not bad.