Category Archives: Mission

Thoughts to Open a New School Year

The following remarks were shared with faculty on Aug. 29, 2014: When I gave my speech at commencement last May, my focus was on the skill sets that our graduates will need to actually fulfill the mission of the school … Continue reading

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Dance Takes the Next Steps

Dance teacher Jillian Grunnah has an even bigger smile than usual these days. She will be able to teach in a brand new facility by this time next year, accommodating a growing program and rooting dance in a fully dedicated … Continue reading

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Hope and Anxiety

“The popular media reflect a cultural and psychological landscape,” argues Pat Bassett, president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in a March online newsletter article. Bassett says that the movies and TV shows that are made and consumed … Continue reading

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Why Teach?

Every head of school at Nobles has been a classroom teacher. Every one. Teaching has been an important part of the personal and professional identities of each leader. Former headmaster Dick Baker, in fact, continues to teach at Nobles, working … Continue reading

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Nobles Grad Kozol Inspires in Latest Book

Jonathan Kozol ’54 has been one of the most prolific, inspiring and gifted writers on the subject of education in this country over the last half-century.  He is also one of the most extraordinary graduates of Noble and Greenough School. … Continue reading

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The Tradition of Service Endures

As shared in remarks to faculty and staff on August 28, 2012: It is generally understood now by all the constituencies of the school that the key phrase in our school mission statement is the first sentence, that “Noble and … Continue reading

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Experiential Learning

When my son announced in the fall of his Class III year that he wanted to apply to the Island School in the Bahamas for the second semester of his Class II year, I wasn’t really surprised.  Two of his … 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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