Westtown School - Review #41
About the Author:
|Home Town, State||Washington, DC|
|Years Attended Boarding School||4|
|Activities During Boarding School||American Friends Service CommitteeSwim teamPeace advocacy|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
A Quaker education Emphasis on applied spiritual values and social justice Education in current areas like climate change, clean energy and LGBT rights.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Although I am not a Quaker, I have absorbed social values that have remained with me throughout my life. They influenced me in my career as a college professor, they shaped my activities as a social activist, and they have had a powerful influence on my role as a husband and a father. Besides my Mom and Dad, it was my Westtown education that has helped to love and care for people. My wife and I have had 42 wonderful years together, and we are both active in our churches. Now that I am retired, the spiritual values that I obtained from Westtown have helped to pass through the changes in my later life.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I think I would have taken more advantage of the extracurricular activities.My advice is that you don't adequately appreciate the constructive influences of your family and your school until you have later challenges in life.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Aside from my parents, it was the most important single formative experience in my life.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Westtown has changed significantly in the past 60 years, and it currently offers even more than when I was there. Try to appreciate as much as you can, and try to take advantage of as much as you can, and recognize that joy and sorrow are both vital parts of life. But the most important thing that a school like Westtown can leave you with is a strong intellect, and a strong sense of character.
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- Bard College Two aspects of Westtown that stand out in particular are its sense of community, and the education driven towards social change. Its sense of community is in part due to the fact that Westtown is. . .
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