As a classicist, I can’t help but think of the origins of words. An interesting pair of words is compassion and sympathy. Etymologically, they are, in essence, the same word, with compassion coming from the Latin, and sympathy from the Greek. The “-pass-“ and “-path-” are linguistically connected, and can Continue reading Developing and Practicing Compassion
Since we started this fall, I’ve been popping into classrooms, especially in the Middle School. On my first visit to the 5th grade class, I walked in to find Ms. Nick asking, “Why do we not raise our hands while someone else is speaking?” As the girls made their way Continue reading Three Middle School Moments
I am often asked about the relevance of education in an age when access to information is ubiquitous. It’s a fair question: why should I have to learn something when I can find it faster on my phone? The answer lies in what the “something” is. While schools historically have Continue reading Why learn it when I can find it on my phone?