Fail-Safe or Safe to Fail?
Merriam-Webster defines "fail-safe" as "having no chance of failure : infallibly problem-free." Wouldn't it be great if life was fail-safe and problem free? Unfortunately, it's not.
If you're looking for a fail-safe environment for your student, then The Foundry is probably not for you. Students at The Foundry are challenged to try new things, dream big, work hard, take on daunting tasks, collaborate with others, step outside of their comfort zone, debate issues in society, and think critically about pre-conceived notions. These challenges present an incredible risk for failure. And that's okay. In fact, it's crucial for the development of a growth mindset. At The Foundry, we know that with failure comes an amazing opportunity to become better, to learn resiliency, and to push on toward success.
What The Foundry does offer is a safe environment for failure. This begins with Headmaster Christi McCully. I once heard her state, "If your dreams don't scare you, you're not dreaming big enough." That mindset permeates The Foundry, where students are challenged to dream big, view failure as an opportunity for growth, and keep trying until they succeed. Foundry students have a headmaster and teachers who care about them, support them to an almost unbelievable degree, and promote mastery over mediocrity. Not only that, they're surrounded by students on the same journey, and they encourage one another. I'm a Foundry parent, and I've seen it first hand. I also know that I can't protect my children from failure. It's going to happen. All I can do is provide them with an environment that helps them turn failure into growth and, ultimately, success. And The Foundry is doing that. Every day.