“Why Learn?” Speaker Series
Since 2015, the Upper School has opened each new school year with a faculty address that answers the question, “Why Learn?”
Faculty members from various departments –Art, English, Theater, Dance & Film, Languages, and Math –have given the talk.
We invite you to hear from some of our outstanding faculty about their perspectives on the importance of education.
Angela Paris, who teaches Art, asked, “What would happen if we didn’t learn?” She invited students to “learn how to learn” and challenged them to create a culture of hope, kindness and agency.
Upper School French and Spanish
Dr. Cristián Baidal is a native of Costa Rica who studied in French schools. His speech described the ways education improves lives. “The creation, construction, and transfer of knowledge is an act of communion that requires humility, gratitude, and generosity,” he said. “It’s also an act of love.” Watch video.
Middle School/Upper School Math
Jennie Picconi described how she found her passion for math education through coping with setbacks. Watch video.
Middle School/Upper School Theater and Film
Kellen Blair, who was homeschooled growing up, said his unusual educational trajectory taught him that there is more than one way to tell a story. Watch video.
Upper School English, now Dean of Faculty
Shelby Stokes argued that subversive learners who question the status quo are the ones who take ownership of their education. Watch video.