The reality of independent day schools is that we only have your children on our campus 18% of their lives, and with an emphasis on academics, it is easy to lose focus on issues of character and leadership. So frequently there is a disconnect between what is valued most and what is taught most.
In response to this disconnect, a group of parents, Board members, faculty, and staff have begun to examine what we can intentionally do to promote character and leadership on our campus. In a thoughtful manner, this group has elected to begin our examination of character by promoting self governance among our students. The thought is that we needed to begin our efforts by teaching students to be aware of their own actions and how they impact others.
Once this approach was decided, the difficult job of determining the best way to approach our students with this topic needed to be identified. Toward this end, we elected to go with a peer-to-peer method of instruction along the lines of a prefect system that is commonly found in boarding schools. Our feeling was that if we could train a select group of seniors, they would serve as more effective ambassadors of self-governance.
We remain in the beginning stages of our discussions but will soon expand our conversations to students and the general faculty. I believe we have a passionate and thoughtful group working on this project and see this as yet another way we are working to make North Cross the best it can be.