April 19th Newsletter

April 19th Newsletter

This week’s newsletter focuses on the pandemic and our doubts about the future.  My hope is that we’ll acknowledge those doubts and fears and build our faith for the future.

This week’s Top 5:

  1. Everyone needs to read the extraordinary publication “An Open Letter to Independent School Leaders” from a couple of faculty members from Kennesaw State University. It will cause you to refocus your efforts as your school faces this great challenge.
  2. We need to remind ourselves and our communities about why we’re staying at home. For the Catholic perspective from “First Things,” read this essay by Thomas Joseph White “Epidemic Danger and Catholic Sacraments.”  I fear that our response to the pandemic will become politicized in our parent communities so it’s good to read this essay to support the actions of the Church.
  3. To develop a little patience with yourself and your teammates, read this great HBR article entitled, “Is It Even Possible to Focus on Anything Right Now?” It’s good to remind yourself that this trauma (defined as “too much, too fast”) is taking a toll on all of us.
  4. We need to face the brutal facts of our current crisis. Neal McCluskey’s “Private Schools Face an Existential Threat”  spells it out in clear terms.
  5. I recommend Tom Barrett’s blog post “9 Strategies for Thinking Obliquely.” We are all faced with new problems and trying to figure out new approaches (quickly and accurately to boot!) demands creativity.