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“When one is building a ship, one does not begin with gathering timber and cutting planks, but rather by arousing in people the yearning for the great wide sea.” — Antoine de St. Exupery, author of The Little Prince


"What is 'education'?" John Dewey ( asked this very question in 1938 during a lecture to a room of education professionals, who at that time, were trained as "behaviorists." Behaviorists viewed learning as something that was more about action and motivation for satisfaction than an activity of the mind.

There is merit in this idea, still, but it makes the most sense when one is trying to change a behavior. Every teacher would be relieved if learning was that simple. Learning, though, is more than "acting" or "behaving" but more about a very complex combination of many variables.

At Litchfield High School, we believe that all students can learn and that learning is best when there is interest (ask any high school teacher about his/her favorite subject when he/she was a student). As students work through the Litchfield Board of Education Graduation Requirements, their learning is facilitated by competent teachers who respect, above all else, the process of learning for each individual.

At Litchfield High School, we wish to instill in our students a "yearning for the great wide sea." In doing so, we know they will travel far....