Preparing Boys for Life

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Campus construction becomes a lab to teach students

By Maddie Hanna, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Instead of sitting in their science classroom on the Main Line one morning last week, a group of boys in navy blue blazers and khaki shorts looked up at workers in hard hats standing on steel beams that will help shape the third floor of their new middle school.

“How do the guys get up there?” one asked. Another wondered about one man who was hammering: “If he fell, would he get really injured?”

Amelia Einbender-Lieber, an architect with WRT Design, had told the boys that “these guys do this all day and they don’t really fall." The assurance did not seem to stem their curiosity.

In an unorthodox use of a school construction site, the Haverford School, a K-12 boys’ private school, is using its middle school building project both to enhance lessons and also to expose students to job prospects they may not otherwise consider.

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