Black History in Their Own Voices

February is Black History Month. President Gerald Ford recognized this event in 1976 and by doing so, asked all Americans to pause and take special notice of the extraordinary contributions of Black and African American people to our culture and to our society. As a school, The Academy is proud to integrate this recognition into […]

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Not Such a Small World

Walking into Sumner Recital Hall, we are greeted by a sea of colorful banners. These flags represent countries from which The Academy has welcomed students and staff as members of our community over our 36-year history. The wide array of flags represents a curious and exciting constellation of locales, and makes our sweet, small school […]

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Standing for Your Own Ideas

From the Desk of Dr. Bloomfield: Standing for Your Own Ideas Recently, Ms. Tirk directed my attention to this article citing a Stanford University study on information sourcing, as it bemoans that young people today struggle to discriminate between fact and fiction. The article enters into a timely conversation at large about “fake news” and […]

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Man in the Mirror

I am a racist. Is that shocking to read? Believe me: it’s even more shocking to write and to think. I was raised to respect all people, not to discriminate, and to see every person as unique and valuable. Nonetheless, I am a racist. I am part of the problem. In our Humanities seminar the […]

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Lift Them Up

We all want to feel important; we all want to feel like what we do matters and makes a difference in the world. Educators are not exempt from this desire or hubris; in fact, we manufacture it better than many. It is common in my field of work to believe that the work we do […]

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Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy

A recent conversation with our visiting teachers from Holland reminded me of the historical struggle between orthodoxy and heterodoxy. Let’s define orthodoxy as the belief in a singular idea as correct, and heterodoxy as the willingness to consider multiple ideas as a means of finding which is correct.   Orthodoxy is comforting. I know it […]

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