The Road to Character

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the road to characterLast spring Kristen Klein, our Director of Upper School, and Matt Bachner, our Upper School Dean of Students, presented each senior with a copy of David Brooks’s book The Road to Character. Kristen and Matt’s preview of the book at our Senior Appreciation Assembly inspired me to pick it up. In the opening chapters, Brooks provides insight into how we have drifted from a society that seeks and lauds such qualities as humility, gratitude, and deference. Rather, today we gravitate toward self-promotion and even boastfulness. Brooks differentiates between our inclinations to accentuate our “resume character” from the selflessness embodied in what he calls “eulogy character.”

There is much dialogue in the world of education about character development in schools. A New York Times article entitled, “What If the Secret of Success Is Failure?” stirred conversation as it depicted an impressive effort by two very different schools to more purposefully…

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