Like all educators, I am a strong believer in lifelong learning. Over the years, travel and experience have become my greatest teachers. What I learned on the small, volcanic island called Jeju Island while teaching in South Korea changed my entire view of education. I began to understand what the future of education might look like, and I saw education evolving so students could get a rigorous education from the safety of their own home. Little did I know when I started this journey that a pandemic would accelerate that process. Homeschooling has been around for a long time, and [...]
About Brian TupperBrian Tupper is the founder of The Distance School. He spent 18+ years in the classroom, teaching students from all social & economic backgrounds in the United States, South Korea, and Azerbaijan. He was a 2-time Faculty Global leader at Korea International School, Jeju and a 2014 21CL International Teacher of the Year Finalist. He helped Korea International School Jeju gain accredidation through WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and Baku Oxford School gain accredidation through CIS (Council for International Schools). He’s also “da best” Uncle, according to his nieces.
While taking my first step towards becoming a teacher, I learned the most powerful lesson in all of my formal education. It is the first rule every educator must learn. “The most important job of every teacher and every school is to keep their students SAFE. Teachers are trusted with our most precious natural resource, children. Student safety is more important than any lesson you will teach, any grade you will give, and any relationship you will form. Your #1 goal in education is to ensure the safety of each of your students that walks through your door. Parents trust you [...]