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Who Will Become Tomorrow's Walter Lippmann?

A new book about one of Dwight’s earliest alums entitled Walter Lippmann, Public Economist by Craufurd D. Goodwin, came across my desk recently. Lippman was an enormous thinker. Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, social theorist, adviser to Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and public philosopher, he was, indeed, a force whose writings about politics and modern democracy, foreign affairs, media, economic policy, and more helped to shape American thinking for three-quarters of the 20th Century.

Though not trained as an economist, Lippmann focused his intellectual prowess on economic issues for many years that spanned some of our country’s most difficult economic trials, leading him to become a “public economist.” Goodwin traces Lippmann’s path there, beginning with his early life, documenting that Lippmann attended Dwight’s ancestor school, The Sachs Collegiate Institute, just after the turn of the century.

The author reports that while at The Sachs Collegiate Institute (described in Dwight’s history here), Lippmann distinguished himself in many ways ― academically, as editor of the school paper, a leading debater, successful athlete, and class prize winner ― demonstrating early on his intellectual capacities.

Among Goodwin’s numerous observations about Lippmann is one that speaks to the value Lippmann placed on a liberal education: “From his own experience Lippmann came increasingly to conclude that a liberal education, rather than simply intense specialization in a technical subject, was essential for the development of effective leadership in all walks of life.”

Lippmann, no doubt, would have supported the International Baccalaureate (IB), which was designed to develop open- and broad-minded, critical thinkers able to see issues and explore ideas in their larger, more complex contexts. The broad-based, international IB curriculum offers a liberal education, which empowers students to develop intellectually, as well as socially, and emotionally, into great thinkers ― the Walter Lippmanns of tomorrow.

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In the spirit of the holiday season and new year, and as a follow-up to the Miracle Student Association's (MSA) “Truck or Treat” for City Harvest initiative, we're very proud to announce that Dwight School placed fourth as a top fundraiser amongst other local New York City schools!

Through organizing announcements, communicating with Timothy House and Bentley House via morning meeting announcements, letters to parents, bake sales, and posters — these students really made a noteworthy difference. Raising over $2,000 and sponsoring over 8,000 pounds of food, this is truly an impressive way to give back to the less fortunate — something all Dwight students pride themselves on!
Our inquisitive first graders showcased their innovative curriculum in the classroom today during a Bee-Bot activity, in conjunction with their learning about designing game boards for Bee-Bots, and how to program them to move in different directions. Additionally, they have been learning how to "write" lines of code, instructing the Bee-Bots to move in a particular direction. Bee-Bots are programmable floor robots in the shape of a bee that have been purpose-built for use with early phase and primary students.

During period six today, these students tapped into their inner genius, collaboratively presenting their game boards to their third grade book buddies — plotting out and coding the route that the Bee-Bots would take, making sure to avoid pitfalls and dangerous areas.

In return, the third graders will now have the exciting opportunity to program the Bee-Bots and play the interactive games! 

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Dwight’s Young Yelpers visited Luke's Lobster last week to participate in another review for the books! In this once-per-trimester field trip, students are tasked with creating a Yelp review based on their experience at a restaurant, café, or other business. The Young Yelpers thoroughly enjoyed the menu’s offerings of fresh Maine lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls.

Young Yelpers is a portion of the Dwight Young Writers Club, run by English Teacher Erin Heyneman. Every Thursday after school, the Dwight Writers meet to work on their creative writing, reading poetry at each session, and participating in workshops to creatively collaborate on each other’s pieces. Each trimester, students in the program take a field trip as part of a real world-writing unit.

A special thank you goes out to Activities and Community Service Coordinator Neil Brier for chaperoning the Young Yelpers to Luke’s Lobster!
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