27 March 2020
For those of you haven’t yet read Sister Ciara’s monthly letter yet, I strongly suggest you do—and in my letter to you today, I’m going to focus on these words she wrote: “the ability to see through a glass darkly to find the subtle nuances and currents rippling through history”—but before I can, and in order for you to really understand what’s going on in your world, I’ve got to tell you about a place in America called the Groton School.
And I’m not picking on the Groton School, rather I’m using it as an example of the hundreds of elite boarding schools throughout America, where unless you’re, at least, a multi-millionaire, your children and grandchildren will never pass through the gilded gates of.
Now specifically, the Groton School is a private Episcopal college preparatory boarding school located in Groton, Massachusetts, United States, that enrolls about 380 boys and girls, from the eighth through twelfth grades—who are children ranging in ages from about 13 to 18—and I direct your attention to the curriculum they’re taught:
Classics—Groton encourages the study of Latin and Greek because of particular benefits it offers in the development of language skills and the perspective it offers into our culture in a broad sense. Latin and Greek are the basis for several World Languages and can be useful aids in learning them.
English—The English Department seeks to immerse students in the world of writing, the students’ own as well as that of great literature.
Religious Studies and Philosophy—Religious literacy is a central component of preparatory education in an increasingly connected global society.
History and Social Science—The History and Social Science Department strives to provide students with an understanding of past events and the differing viewpoints of those who participated in them.
Mathematics and Computer Science—The goal of the Groton School math and computer science program is to provide students with quantitative information, problem solving techniques, and the analytical skills required by the changing landscape of the twenty-first century.
I’d like to now acquaint you with Stephen Guise, a product of the American public school system who, in 2010, graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts (B.S.B.A.) degree in finance, and after graduating began a year long search for employment, and in his own words, “finally landed a sales floor job at Lowe’s for $10 an hour”…