Promoting Student Dialogue About Gender

3 thoughts on “Promoting Student Dialogue About Gender”

  1. I cannot believe that this school has devolved down to this point. Students have become as delicate as snowflakes who completelty fall apart and melt at the mere utterence of anything they deem inappropriate. Well guess what, the world is a rough place. If you do not have the self-confidence, self-esteem, and intelligence to deal with your personal problems then you are in serious trouble. People don’t care what your sexual orientation or identity is. They only care if you were honest, trustworthy, and hard-working. They only care if you have confidence in yourself and your abilities. Good God, what happened to this school. Deerfield made a huge mistake by going co-educational. That one decision brought in a myriad of social problems that would never have been an issue had it been left an all boys school. It has neutered the school. Frank Boyden realized this He realize that boys needed a place to not only develop academically but morally and socially without the distractions of gender. So that boys could be boys. It’ll helped boys to develop into men with guidance and mentorship. It created a comradiere that could not be matched anywhere else. You did not need icons like Captain Deerfield or anything else because the Deerfield Spirit was ingrained in every student. The mere privilege of attending created it’s own sense of accomplishment and school spirit. I my opinion, a separate single gender school should be built for girls. If the need is there. That would be a step in the right direction.

  2. As a member of the class of 1969 — the first to graduate after Mr. Boyden’s retirement — I find it dispiriting to see how the focus at Deerfield has turned to issues of relatively trivial importance. Why on earth would one pay princely sums to an institution that would delude my son or daughter into thinking that these issues are germane to their development in the real world? Best of luck to the current crop of students.

  3. As a parent of a current student, I can assure you that Deerfield’s focus on rigorous academics, competitive sports and inspiring co-curriculars remains the same. Deerfield’s mission to “encourage each student to develop an inquisitive and creative mind, sound body, and strong moral character” is present in everything they do. I’m not sure why a single article in the school newspaper would lead you to generalize that the school’s “focus” has turned to issues of trivial importance. Quite the opposite, in fact. Deerfield continues to do well what it has always done well. But the school also understands that it must grow and change with the times. These issues are very much germane to what these students will encounter at college and in the real world. I don’t know of a single competitive college campus where issues of gender and sexuality aren’t ever-present. These are topics that students in the 21st century must tackle, and Deerfield is doing its job by adding these topics to those that it already takes on. Providing symposium to allow students to explore issues of gender and sexuality doesn’t take away from Deerfield’s rich liberal arts curriculum. In fact, every single top boarding school in the country recognizes that these topics are of huge importance in the 21st century. I recognize that you’re coming at this from the perspective of someone who graduated in 1969, but please remember that this is *not* 1969 anymore, and our teenagers will be fledged into a very different world.

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