Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Little Grit by Head of Middle School John Gifford

This year, I had high expectations for an article entitled “The Truth about Grit” by Jonah Lehrer. The author explained how researchers were working to define “grit” and to explain why it was valuable. One anecdote from the essay that … Continue reading

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The Dance of Development by Provost Bill Bussey

October, 1961: My father tells my brother Bob that they are making the long drive down to Providence in two weeks for a college interview at Brown University. My brother says he doesn’t want to go Brown; he wants to … Continue reading

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Far From Dead: The Relevance of Latin by Head of Classics Department Dan Matlack

“Why should anyone take Latin? No one speaks it anymore.” I have addressed these naively simplistic charges many times in my career. Allow me a moment or two to take them head on. Latin is much more than a language … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Making Schools Work” by Head of Upper School Ben Snyder

The lead story in the “Sunday Review” section of the New York Times on May 20  caught my eye with particular meaning and purpose.  The thesis of the article was that integration as a matter of educational and social policy … Continue reading

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