“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

This quote from William Butler Yeats, 1923 winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, can be found on promotional materials for Ripon High School’s new proposed charter school, Lumen Charter High.

Even the name, Lumen, was derived from the idea the quote represents.

“The group had talked about many different names,” high school principal Dan Tjernagel said. “It was put out there that what we were trying to do was light a fire in students.”

The charter school is up for approval from the Ripon School Board at its Monday, March 21 meeting.

But even before the final approval, students and their parents must begin making the decision if the new charter is right for them. The application deadline for the school will be Thursday, March 31.

The school will focus on project-based, problem-based and place-based learning and will include four main core area teachers as well as elective class teachers.

Core teachers will be: Bill Kinziger, math; Linda Kinziger, social studies; Alyssa Anderson, science; and Paul Wiegel, English.

Read the full story in the March 3, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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