There exists a strong link between student outcomes and the web of support to which a student has been exposed; we know it begins in the home. Harnessing the power of the household, however, is more than increasing the efficiency of communication and partnership. Education is not the sum of two parts. Neither can school, nor home, work in isolation. The argument here is that “education”, understood correctly, is a nexus of core relationships that should surround a child as they grow. Schools are organisms: relational phenomena where people regard their relationships as an end in themselves.

Schools are more than communities; schools are where young people learn to live in community. They are places where many young people first experience diversity and disunion as well as the most appropriate means to manage such difference. The capability to connect within the school community is fundamental because, in a sense, it is playing out in school, later relationships in society.

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