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CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM MarchApril 2016 155 person education. Several types of academic institutions are already ahead of the curve. Schools with a specific religious belief heri- tage and tradition use its spiritual founda- tion and proven platform as a basis for edu- cating the whole person. But by no means does student spirituality necessitate a direct tie to traditional religious beliefs or ideals. Schools exceling in an environment of spir- ituality develop and implement programs teaching methods and practices that ensure the development of a students psychologi- cal growth values and moral behavior. By nature schools positioned in the upper right segment teach the moral lessons of life in- still moral obligations and build moral character for discerning right from wrong and making the right decisions. UPSTREAM INVESTMENT As stated earlier in the articles introduction whole child education is one of the most crit- ical considerations in selecting the best fit school for a child. Which school is the best fit for developing my child physically social- ly intellectually emotionally and spiritually And I further added common sense pretty much tells us the significance of educating the whole person. Yet the challenge for a par- ent is one of coming to grips with the could should and will. Could I ensure my childs whole child education Should I ensure my childs whole child education Will I ensure my childs whole child education One way of assessing the importance and value is to view whole child education as an upstream investment an early investment that will pay off significantly along a childs journey through every step and milestone of education PreK-12 and the future beyond college employment citizenship career and a lifelong of happiness. In this writers opin- ion making the financial investment more downstream such as when selecting a col- lege is late risky and dwarfs the return that would be achieved if made early in the childs development cycle. Stated differently making the investment upstream is wise prudent and priceless. CLOSING COMMENTS The concept of the whole child is holistic recognizing that children develop physical- ly socially intellectually emotionally and spiritually and the education taking place in a school environment requires such com- prehensive and complete development. Not all schools are created equal when it comes to balancing pure academic objectives and critical whole child goals. Parents should not only listen to what schools say about its approach to whole child development but actually watch observe and under- stand what schools do to perform at a high level to educate the whole student. Whole child education may be viewed as an up- stream investment and making the invest- ment upstream early is wise prudent and priceless. CCL Whole child education may be viewed as an upstream investment and making the investment upstream early is wise prudent and priceless.