Angell School Culture

Posted by Gary Court on 11/1/2016 8:00:00 AM

In addition to earning the title, National Blue Ribbon School  in 2015, we are by all estimates, a counter-culture school. 

By this I mean, that our principles, beliefs and practices are in stark contrast to the popular culture around us.  For at least a decade, probably more, our media, entertainment, music and popular culture has not exuded the core values that we promote at school; care, nurture, encouragement, support, forgiveness, gratitude, honesty, patience, kindness. 

I had the opportunity to talk with a parent and shared that we pride ourselves in having discussions where opposing voices are heard, and where dissent occurs all in a spirit of forbearance.  We endeavor to teach skills such as listening for understanding and giving each other the benefit of the doubt.   We are clearly not perfect at disagreeing in love, but that is our goal.

At Angell, we dignify respect and civility and will work toward that end even when voices, images and musical lyrics say otherwise.