Be the change you want to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi's famous quote is the concept I have wanted to promote since first proposing the ideas that became PSCS to a group of parents in 1993.

I was a fairly young educator back then and didn't see a lot of schools—certainly no middle or high schools—that believed young people could be trusted to make important decisions about their own education. I realized that trust is what I wanted as a student, and what I wanted as a teacher, then and now. I believed education needed to change significantly to demonstrate this level of trust. So 25 years ago I set out to make that change, for myself as a teacher as well as for the students who have attended PSCS, for those who attend now, and for those who will attend in the future.

I think it's useful to note that trust is something we all want that we might not often get. So I suggest to you that to bring Gandhi's concept into greater awareness, increase your trust in someone else. It need not be a big thing. Maybe you can trust your child to drive your car (if they’re of age), or your little brother with a copy of your favorite book, or a neighbor with your house key.

But let's not stop at trust.

If you want world peace, provide a moment of peace for someone else and you'll be contributing to world peace. And if you want to experience wealth in monetary terms, giving a child a small amount of money may achieve the same thing a larger amount would achieve for an adult.

My experience with becoming the change I want to see is that not only do other people get to experience something they need, I get something I need, too. In providing something in a small dose, an expanding element is somehow activated that allows everyone to experience it.

The more loving we are to others, the more love we experience. We also become "love magnets." We start seeing more of the every day beauty that surrounds us, including the fresh scent of a flower or the kindness extended when a young person on the bus gives up their seat to someone older—tuned in as we are to the positive. By exercising the loving side of ourselves, the positive side of us becomes stronger and more aware. Any tendencies we have to focus on negativity are weakened.

The logical result of this is you become grateful for your life.

If these thoughts appeal to you, I think you'll appreciate PSCS. I invite you to be part of the change.

Andy Smallman
PSCS Co-Founder & Director

Teaching Staff Profile

Chrissy Wakeling

Meow meow meow, meow meow… Perhaps I shall translate for PSCS Teaching Staff member, Chrissy Wakeling. Chrissy lives in West Seattle with her two cats, lovely garden, and DVD collection. Like her cats, Chrissy is a skilled digger. Whether it is growing veggies and flowers for her co-workers to enjoy or digging up woolly mammoths, she likes getting her hands dirty. While Chrissy has a deep love for the PNW (home), she learns best through experiences and tries to travel...

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