State of the School 2016
After a bitter and divisive campaign, after election results that proved pundits wrong and scientific polls inaccurate, after a week that saw folks in the same community mourning and celebrating results, I am going to start this talk with a statement that may sound surprising, if not irreverent.
At this time, it doesn’t matter who voted for whom, and it doesn’t matter who won or who lost – at least not in our thinking about St. Luke’s School. What matters now is what has always mattered: how we raise and educate our children, for whom four years is a very long time. You and I will be essentially the same people in 2020; however, our children will be completely different. Some will be twice as old as they are today. Some will be entering high school. Some will be preparing for college. Our job after the end of a divisive campaign remains what it was before: to raise children in the behaviors, practices, and principles we hold dear so they can become the people they want to be and the citizens we need. It’s about WHO they become more than WHAT they become, and it is about thinking critically, working hard, and preparing for and serving the larger world. Our challenge is to rise to the promise of our own beliefs so we can leave behind the desire to belittle the beliefs of others.