Turning a Blind Eye to Character Education?

3 thoughts on “Turning a Blind Eye to Character Education?”

  1. I understand that this article is trying to promote greater character development at Deerfield, but I don’t think it is right to correlate college admissions with weak character. After two years at college, I still don’t know what particular qualities got me in. I expect that many other college students feel the same way. The college admission process is not at all transparent. The importance of getting into Ivy League schools is even more debatable. When you compare an Ivy League education to education from other top schools, it is difficult if not impossible to distinguish where Ivy League schools are better. Students with strong characters don’t apply to only Ivy League schools, and not all Ivy League students have strong characters. While constructive criticism of the school is always necessary, I don’t agree with any of the arguments regarding the college application process.

  2. I agree with tangyfresh. On top of that, it is natural for students to feel panicked or stressed at the thought of a bad grade—the future is a scary thought, and in the moment, it’s hard not to imagine that everything you do now affects the future. Deerfield is a competitive place, and it’s hard not to compare oneself to everyone else. I don’t think students should be criticized for shooting for leadership positions, and good grades. I truly believe that often times, those students have gained those roles because of their commitment and dedication to their respective interests. Yes, there are exceptions, but we should never generalize.

    Above all, I do not think Deerfield trains us to solely focus on the destination. Over my years at DA, Dr. Curtis had most definitely encouraged us students, to stop, take in the surroundings and enjoy Deerfield. There are so many opportunities and experiences we have, and I don’t think it is fair to blame the school for “failing to teach us how to be interesting and interested citizens of our world.” Character can’t be force-fed. It is built from within. It is built through relationships, and in the little moments we don’t notice. There are wildly interesting students at DA. It is up to you, the students, to embrace the characters you admire, and to build your own from there.

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