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—The Pursuit of Excellence

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What we’ve done and what we are doing shapes what we are now preparing to do.

In ancient Israel, when a year was timed by the harvest, its very first grain was selected, picked, and threshed in one man’s hand. As the volume of ripening barley and then other grains demanded and supported systematic efforts; crews with sickles reaped and teams of oxen threshed to keep up with the accelerating harvest.

As a publishing association, assisting many in their education and development, curricula could be and was personally tailored to individuals. As an academy we must systematize our efforts. The values infused in all that we have learned and taught provide the foundation for the developing curriculum and must permeate all our programs, courses, and classes.

In this quiet place, intrinsic values have displaced extrinsic motivations. We’ve seen the healthy effect pursuing excellence has as it replaces competitive drive in sports. We’ve experienced recreation as a preparation for a renewed return to life. We’ve noticed that work strengthens students’ grasp of theory and enables them to bring personal experience into a discussion of what is the best way to do something. It now seems clear that a rush at random diminishes life.

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—Current Opportunities

The Gilead Publishing Association had two primary phases from its inception in 1980, personal growth and music. Gilead Academy adds to these goals and carries on their work, yet during this transition, tutoring, mentoring, personal training, semi-organized sports and activities, and small informal classes still characterize our daily life while the work of developing a systematic curriculum churns along.

Personal Growth
Friends helping friends with math, English, science, history, reading, spelling, and penmanship aids parents traveling with the orchestra. In Bible study and so many other areas, mentoring deepens and broadens our understandings. Personal training on the computer or in the weight room speeds growth and insures greater safety. Organizing a soccer game, a canoe trip, or a line dance group sweetens our social time and enriches our life with essential balance. Informal classes in art, desktop publishing, information technologies, cooking and so many other areas ensure growth and add zest.

Musical programs, and especially the Northern Lights Steel Orchestra, have encouraged self-awareness and development of personal talents. They have also provided opportunities for fellowship and meaningful relationships. This experience has taught patience in working together and the potency of interdependence. What a privilege to share the joy and power of music with others!

—In Transition

No longer able to adequately meet the growing need with personalized, educational support across the board, Gilead Academy is preparing a wholistic curriculum with programs on campus and online classes that can systematically present learning opportunities in harmony with the principles we have learned and supplement the personalized approach many will still need. Current emphasis is on our key competencies so that we will be able to provide what may be difficult to find elsewhere.

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