Anyone paying attention to education in the news these days knows that St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, has been in the news because of past sexual misconduct and predation by some faculty and students and a culture that turned a blind eye to it all. The school’s leadership today doesn’t try to sidestep the seriousness of these allegations, and acknowledges that these painful revelations have led to deep institutional soul-searching, and to cultural changes. But many on the faculty will also tell you that the press attention has also had the effect of overshadowing much of the good work quietly taking place on campus.
I spoke with Lawrence Smith, St. Paul's director of teaching and learning, about this latter work. A write-up on this conversation has been posted on the Carney Sandoe & Associates blog: