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The Haverford School's summer reading camp is designed to teach kindergarten-fifth grade boys to be engaged, critical readers. Building on the best-for-boys learning approach of sensory stimulation, reading, writing, and speaking take on new life through performance, music, and movement.
In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and advice. In this blog post, we hear from Indiana University School of Medicine professor Aaron Carroll '90 about health policy and research.
The Fords will soon be back in athletic action! View the latest information regarding 2015 Fall Sports here.
Researchers from Penn State and Duke University have confirmed a lesson taught by every good professor since Socrates: character matters. According to a study summarized in this The New York Times opinion piece, "If we want many more children to lead fulfilling and productive lives, it’s not enough for schools to focus exclusively on academics. Indeed, one of the most powerful and cost-effective interventions is to help children develop core social and emotional strengths like self-management, self-awareness and social awareness — strengths that are necessary for students to fully benefit from their education, and succeed in many other areas of life."
I remember Christmas morning 25 years ago when I received the original cast recording of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. I listened to the recording from start to finish, mesmerized by the intensity and sophistication of what I had heard. At that age, I didn’t fully understand what drew me to Sondheim’s music so much. Over time, I continued to grow fonder of the intricacies of the way in which he placed each note, perfectly married to its lyrics and using both always as a driving force moving the story line along. His painstaking details and depth of thought that go into his characters are what make his work such a gift to perform.
I arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, on July 4, Independence Day, for the International Boys' School Coalition annual conference. I did not expect to see such illustrations of the value of freedom and the strength of character of a nation struggling to recover from apartheid, but I found the experience profoundly moving.
When Norman Mailer visited the School to offer the Hallowell Literary Lecture in 2000, he encouraged then-Headmaster Joe Cox to offer an award "to the best piece of fiction written during the school year." The literary essay remains a staple of the curriculum, but the English Department is equally interested in fostering personal and creative writing. We find that boys' interest in writing lean, memorable sentences is much higher when they have a personal stake in the matter. The English Department selected "Young Love" by Ethan DeLehman '16 as the 2014-15 winner of the Norman Mailer Literary Award.
"Stream of Consciousketch" is a stop motion video I made to help my students see that nothing is permanent when you have a pencil and eraser in hand.
Launched for the 2014-15 school year, "25 Things All Men Must Know" is a senior seminar designed to teach boys practical skills and provide an enriching experience. Students and faculty submitted ideas for the seminar, with the "25 Things" ranging from handwriting to plumbing. Here, we talk to Director of Leadership and course creator Bill Brady.
Empathy: can you teach it? The answer is yes and no. You can certainly teach “about’ empathy, but empathy, like character, is better grown than told.