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Empathy: Embracing Our Common Humanity

Each year for the past few years, as a community, we have had an emphasis on a particular word that we have stressed throughout the year in many and  varied ways. The word is important because of the idea and … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking in Times of Distraction

The following was a speech delivered at this year’s Class Day.  “Five hundred years ago the printing press replaced pen and ink as the communications technology of Europe.” Instead of manuscripts artfully copied and produced by monks and scholars, where … Continue reading

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Sportsmanship is Paramount

  For the fifth year in a row, the GFA boys varsity basketball team has made the New England Final Four. Quite an accomplishment! As with all our GFA teams, each player brings great heart, skill, and teamwork to every … Continue reading

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Who is Really No. 1?

The high-stakes world of college admissions is fueled in part by published rankings, which often give a far-from-accurate picture of the schools they claim to describe. Unfortunately, it was only a matter of time before these “best of” lists infiltrated … Continue reading

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Dubai: Change is Slight But Significant

With the snow this weekend, I thought back nostalgically to the recent winter break that my family and I spent in Dubai. Days in the 80s and nights in the 60s were a welcome break from the Connecticut winters and … Continue reading

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Celebrating Our Differences

Over the past several months, school and college campuses across America have seen increased examples of language that is offensive, and often racially, sexually, or ethnically discriminatory.  There is no place for that at GFA, and I want to emphasize … Continue reading

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How Do We Do It?

It’s November, and across the nation independent schools are deep into the “admission season, ” with admission professionals and faculty explaining the value added of an independent school education. If I could put the GFA experience into a sentence, I … Continue reading

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