Conversations in Education
From teacher book groups to conversations in the faculty lounge, Prep faculty and administrators think a lot about how we support students. Each month in 2017-18, we are featuring a piece by a Prep faculty member or administrator that gives a slice of life at Prep. If you would like to share your ideas, feel free to comment on an individual post or contact Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper.
From teacher book groups to conversations in the faculty lounge, Prep faculty read and talk a lot about education. Each month we highlight a few memorable pieces or videos. Our goal is to make the process of parenting, learning and living a little saner, to put things a little more in perspective. These articles will be chosen by Prep teachers and administrators. If you want to share your ideas, feel free to comment on an individual post or contact Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper.
December Newsletter: Searching for Meaning
In a world with many external pressures, these articles give insight into what teenagers really are thinking, which is often deeper than we think.
“The Silicon Valley Suicides” by Hanna Rubin, The Atlantic
If you haven’t seen this cover story about the “suicide cluster” in Palo Alto, it is well worth reading for the many stories it tells.
"Since Madeline Levine wrote The Price of Privilege, she’s watched the stress in the Bay Area and in affluent communities all over the country become more pervasive and more acute. What disturbs her most is that the teenagers she sees no longer rebel."
“7 Things Parents and Teachers Should Know About Teens” by Maurice Elias, Edutopia
The director of the Social-Emotional Learning Lab at Rutgers explains that, especially at important life passages, your teen is searching for meaning and looking for significance--even when it may not seem that way.
"Generally speaking, Rachael believed we give adolescents far too little credit."
“What’s Your Teenager Doing This Summer? In Defense of 'Nothing'” by Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times
In a countercultural plea, a former Stanford dean of freshmen laments the disappearance of the do-nothing summer.
"Who today is willing to 'waste' the precious summer months letting our teenagers do 'nothing' when everyone else’s teenager has summer fully mapped with activities designed to impress a college admission dean?"
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