The hallmark of an Oak Lane education has always been a focus on the preservation of childhood and an emphasis on “learning how to learn.” While it has been frequently said that Oak Lane’s existence was a “well-kept secret,” the many families who experienced an Oak Lane education made no secret of their love for the school. The graduation speeches of outgoing students resonated with appreciation for the beautiful campus, the arts program and the many opportunities for performance across all the grades. Sixth graders talked passionately about the benefits of being “sons and daughters” of Oak Lane and of being known and appreciated by all faculty members. Referenced were beloved traditions such as catching frogs, tractor rides, the Woodland Walk, the all-school theme of Winterlude, sledding on the meadows, community service with “buddy” classes, drama club and learning to play recorder. A rich and recurring motif in the speeches was the students’ sense of themselves as valued members of a diverse community. Our students have now departed, but not without having mined the deep vein of an Oak Lane education and experienced the community’s respect for childhood. When fully operational this site will be an interactive place for us to share memories, thoughts, plan reunions and whatever else you may wish.
The Spanish education problem
Many Brits or other north Europeans has complained that the standard of education is generally much lower in Spain than back home. They often state that the culture encourages a level of relaxation which is not conducive with achievement. The country is cited by some to have a work ethic problem. Have a look at the expat guide to Spain and you will see some of the common concerns of many international families. It is good to have a look here so you can learn from the advice of other people.
Despite this the tourism market has remained buoyant in the Canary Islands, with many people arriving and staying in villas in Tenerife, or other parts of the island. The has meant that because of the strength of tourism, the need for different languages is critical for the jobs available. In towns such as Puerto de la Cruz, German can be one of the most important languages. In the south English is one of the most important languages.