We Are Westridge

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The Power of Assembly (Especially When Led by Thoughtful, Courageous Girls)

by Kim Kerscher, Director of Marketing & Communications

One of the best parts of working at a school is attending student-led assemblies where I am again and again challenged to think about issues important to our world and reminded that we have so much to learn from our students.

As I grow sadder each day thinking about the polarization of our country and its effect on our government’s ability to function, last week our student leaders framed an election-themed assembly that both went to the heart of these issues and soared above them.  It was a non-partisan Middle and Upper School assembly educating their peers about the effects of polarization, media sensationalism, and media bias. Their parting messages?  We all need to work on talking about opinions different from our own.  Think for yourself!  Think about your own biases. Challenge media bias and develop your own opinions.  Be your best Bone self!

That last one is a wink toward the popular Westridgism of “Be Your Best Bold Self” and to Kenneth Bone, a gentleman who for just a moment at the second debate shifted our attention from the sensational to policy and who is now an Internet star.

I wish the world could have been at the assembly, to calm inner demons, to learn from our girls, and to realize the future is in really good hands.

Editor’s note: In addition to discussing the election in student-led town meetings and assemblies in the upper divisions, Westridge girls are involved in age-appropriate class discussions of the 2016 election, the principles of democracy, and the importance of civil discourse.

Posted by _TestParent _Test in upper school, westridge thought leader on Tuesday October, 18, 2016
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