I GREW UP WITH TWO CULTURALLY CURIOUS PARENTS. Curious
about the world beyond the border of the small town my family had
inhabited for five generations. Mom and dad wanted us to have a deep
understanding of where we were from but also about places we might
want to go eventually. Unlike their parents, my parents didn’t expect
us to hang around after high school, so they opened up the world. We
traveled, a lot.
No matter where we landed, at least one day was designated as a
“Culture Day.” This meant that mom and dad got to choose what they
wanted to do, culturally, and they didn’t hold back. Hence, Culture
Day was never spent at the kids’ museum or the zoo; their day catered
to their interests. One Culture Day, while traveling abroad, we enjoyed
Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in
Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Did I mention I was nine years old and
my brother, six? For the rest of that trip, if my brother did anything to
annoy me, I would pull out that famous line, “Et tu, Brute?” From then
on, Culture Days offered promise.
My parents’ interests were as diverse as they were deep, and their
mandatory Cultural Days did more than just force the kids to do “boring”
adult stuff. It was in an accumulation of these days that a curiosity about
the world and its workings developed in me, and I came to realize that
all the world is a classroom.
The idea that “all the world is a classroom” seemed to be a perfect
theme for this issue of the Red&Gold magazine. Inside and out of our
school there are learning experiences-teachable moments. If we are
open to what these experiences teach us, we develop as more complex
human beings. Stories in the issue such as Learning to Serve and Serving
to Learn by Tara Boland, Kindness Matters by Joanne Cohen, and Giving
and Receiving by Holden Brown provide good examples of how the best
learning experiences position us at once as teacher and as student.
Above, we have provided the digital version of the magazine. We would love to hear what you think about its content. Please e-mail your comments, and possible story ideas for the next issue to me, Katie Rice Jones