Monthly Archives: April 2012

Recognizing Transformation

In the fall of 1973 I arrived as a brand new member of Class III at Noble and Greenough School.  I was not entirely sure I wanted to be at the school, as I was leaving behind a very close … Continue reading

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Why Great Schools Are Often ‘Subversive’ and ‘Countercultural’

In 1969 Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner published the book Teaching as a Subversive Activity.  I was first required to read this book as a member of Class III at Nobles in Dick Baker’s English class in the fall of … Continue reading

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Respecting H.H. Richardson’s Vision

Much has been written over the last couple of years, by me and others, about the powerful significance of the Castle to Nobles, both as an icon and practical facility.  This communication has been integral to the massive commitment by … Continue reading

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One of My Favorite Teachers

I was not quite sure what planet I had landed on as a brand new member of Class III at Nobles in the fall of 1973, just arrived from a large public junior high school.  Nobles was all male at … Continue reading

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Mission—in a Fractured World

I was recently at a dinner attended by several older graduates of the school and their spouses.  There was a question and answer session wherein I was riddled by queries underpinned by doubts about the virtue and potential of today’s … Continue reading

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Teaching, Change and Nobles

The craft of teaching is still, at its core, very much the same as it was when I was a high school student.  And yet, it has also been transformed, requiring skills and adaptations that were only on the fringe … Continue reading

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