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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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As a former Opal parent, I cannot agree more with Matt’s brilliant 16-year-old daughter - Opal helps all children see the gifts they have to share.

Opal celebrates what children have, not tells them what they don’t have. Many children and families living in poverty operate from a place of fear and shame. Opal can help all children and families come to know they DO have control over their lives, they DO have the ability to ask good questions and make good decisions. And the sense of competence and value this engenders will make any shame, any feeling of inadequacy, fall away.

Nelson Mandela would have loved the Opal School – I think his words summarize Opal’s work beautifully: “We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

Hi, Catherine -
Welcome to the Opal School Blog! I'm looking forward to your continued readership and your active commentary.
Fear and shame seems to be everywhere - it penetrates all socioeconomic strata and are characteristic of too many schools. Standing counter to that is part of what motivates Opal School.
Love the Mandela quote!
Matt

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