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Episode 22: Fr. Ed Leahy of St. Benedict’s Prep School

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A few weeks ago I watched a story on 60 Minutes that I found to be profoundly inspiring. It involved a prep school in Newark, New Jersey, a Benedictine monk, and a body of young men being nurtured and educated in a way that I had never seen before.

It’s an honor to introduce you to Fr. Ed Leahy, the young men of St. Bendedict’s Prep School, and the good and necessary work they’re collectively participating in.

You can stream or download the episode in iTunes by clicking here.

As you approach this week, may you push against the resistance and bring your best self as a gift to the world.

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Please Don’t Stop The Music

There’s a rumor that some school districts are doing away with or consolidating their art and music classes at the elementary level.

I would assume this is probably to fit more standardized teaching and preparation for more standardized testing. Even though the tests the world procures for us outside of academic walls are anything but conventional.

There’s a big difference in asking “what’s the answer?” and “what do you see?”. The answer is memorized. What is seen is imagined. Art gives us that opportunity.

There’s a big difference in asking “what’s the answer?” and “what do you feel or hear?”. The answer is a formulaic. What is felt and heard taps into soul. Music gives us that opportunity to tap into such things.

Maybe school should ask more than it tells its students…the same goes for parents: children, leader: team members, etc.

Learning thy self just may be the highest form of education, and we have a problem when our children have missed the opportunity to discover their own unique and personal voice.

It never ends well when we let the music stop.

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