We’d like to remind you, however, that even in the most troubled and troublesome of learners the genius is still alive̶somewhere. It may be buried under loads of put-downs, negative evaluations, low grades and test scores, delinquent behavior, self-hatred, and more, but like the seed in winter that lies dormant while braving the toughest storms and coldest arctic spells only to blossom with the sun’s warmth in the spring, this genius too can survive if we can take the time to study the optimum conditions for its growth in the classroom.
Some educators may argue that not much can be accomplished in many students after so much damage has been done in the home during the ﬁrst few years of life or as a result of the negative inﬂuence of popular media and culture. These protests, although convincing to some, often mask an unwillingness to even begin the work that must occur in order for educators to help reawaken the genius of their students. At Api, every child is treated diﬀerently to awaken and unfold the potentials within him.
“If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything around you looks like a nail.”