Academy for Thinkers (AFT) is a distinctive and supportive academic community which aims to foster students thinking to enable them to be productive and active members of society. Rather than just teach to test, AFT aspires to prepare students to think for themselves using the Socratic Method as a basis for instruction.
AFT believes that education and academics have lost their way; through testing, people a far less prepared than ever before. Instead of focusing on their interests and preparing for the future, students are looking at short term goals: which university to get into and which major promises to give them a secure job — without realising that the job market is variable and changeable — AFT hopes to foster real academic interests that may lead to prosperous and more meaningful job prospects because students will be able to determine for themselves what best suits their interests and personalities.
One way to ensure this is teaching students how to think, not what to think.
There is a very clear distinction here.
Teaching students what to think is primarily what every other tutoring centre and public school is providing: they are telling your students what to write and say to get a certain score. Teaching students how to think is different. Instead of memorisation, testing tricks or learning cookie-cutter writing (that is, what to write without understanding the purpose for it), AFT focuses on critical thinking so the student can apply this to all aspects of their academic life.
AFT believes if a student is able to voice on paper what they are trying to express in a logical manner, by providing indisputable arguments, and using research-based methods, students are better prepared for all aspects of life.
This is what we offer. This is what we teach.
AFT is not for everyone; if you’re looking for a quick fix to raise a grade, you’re better off at a different school but if you’re looking to help improve your students over the course of their academic and possibly adult life, stay with us, we will do everything possible to polish the diamond that is your child.