Friday Message from Lee – October 23, 2020

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Dear Country Day Families,

This election season, as we examine local, statewide, and national issues and think critically about the many different perspectives and opinions surrounding these issues, I am reminded of our school’s mission and values.

At Country Day, we strive to model and practice critical thinking when we ask our students to “grapple with complex issues, engage with conflicting points of view, make connections, and collaborate.” We value diversity and seek to promote “equity and understanding through meaningful conversation that welcomes a variety of voices and celebrates individuality.” As a school, our programs also emphasize the importance of kindness, respect, and civic engagement.

Margaret Wheatley, in her 2002 poem, Turn to One Another, captures the spirit we strive to embody.

There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about. Ask what is possible not what’s wrong. Keep asking.

Notice what you care about.

Assume that many others share your dreams.

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.

Talk to people you know

Talk to people you don’t know.

Talk to people you never talk to.

Be intrigued by the differences you hear.

Expect to be surprised.

Treasure curiosity more than certainty.

Invite in everybody who cares to work on what is possible.

Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something.

Know that creative solutions come from new connections.

Remember, you don’t fear people whose story you know.

Real listening always brings people closer together.

Trust that meaningful conversations can change your world.

Rely on human goodness. Stay together.

We hope your family will choose to have meaningful conversations about the election. If you are looking for resources to begin or continue conversations with your children about the election, here are some resources that may help:

Warmly, 

Lee Thomsen
Head of School