An Academic and Experiential Class


In 2007 I created a new course for the Taft School, Connecticut, USA

The class met 4 times a week, 3 times in our classroom, once at a local primary school situated in a multiply-deprived area of a post-industrial city. Students had previously, unofficially, been advised to stay away from the city; now it became our classroom. Unemployment, decaying housing stock, failing schools, homelessness and healthcare became the issues which filled our curriculum, all seen through the lens of the lives of the children we worked with every week, and also put in a global context.

Because the course was unprecedented, my students decided to document it. It was also reported in the Taft School Bulletin.

One student wrote:

I have learned so so much and found a passion for service. I want everyone to be able to take this course.