A reflection from the Head of School
*This message was sent to all Breck families on November 11, 2016, following the U.S. Presidential Election.*
Throughout Breck's history, we have been committed to creating an inclusive community and remaining open to new ideas and perspectives. Our Mission and Values state that "each student's life is enriched in a diverse community where differences among people are recognized and appreciated." This belief is one we expect our community to uphold and is integral to our identity as Breck.
Over the past few days, our commitment to inclusivity couldn't have been more important. Following one of the most contested and controversial elections in modern history, our hallways, classrooms, chapel and playgrounds were filled with conversation and debate. We have had discussions with our students about the democratic process and how we resolve differences and seek understanding. Children of all ages shared their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on all sides of the political spectrum.
These conversations, when approached with generous listening and respect, allow us to learn and understand perspectives different from our own. I am especially grateful to be at an Episcopal school where the practice of good listening and civil discourse is valued and important. We lean heavily on our multicultural education that teaches and expects perspective taking and tolerance on the part of all community members.
As we approach the season of thanksgiving, I encourage us all to reflect on the strength and uniqueness of our community and to renew our collective commitment to the values that define Breck.
Head of School