With Love and Prayers: A Headmaster Speaks to a New Generation

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Here, at Last, is a book of "uncommon common sense" for young people by someone who has worked with them for thirty-five years. F. Washington Jarvis is one of the nation's most eminent educators, now in his twenty-eighth year as headmaster of Boston's Roxbury Latin School, the oldest school in continuous existence in North America. Jarvis's approach is anecdotal. "If it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, it is ten times as true when you are speaking to teenagers. They are gripped by the story of ...
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Overview

Here, at Last, is a book of "uncommon common sense" for young people by someone who has worked with them for thirty-five years. F. Washington Jarvis is one of the nation's most eminent educators, now in his twenty-eighth year as headmaster of Boston's Roxbury Latin School, the oldest school in continuous existence in North America. Jarvis's approach is anecdotal. "If it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, it is ten times as true when you are speaking to teenagers. They are gripped by the story of how real people cope with real situations. They are interested when you share with them the concrete realities of your own life and experience, and they are almost always willing to listen to adults who actually believe in something, who actually stand for something."

Jarvis's addresses, reprinted from his school's publications, have enjoyed something of a cult "underground" circulation among young people -- as well as their parents and grandparents. Now his "top hits" have been brought together in a single volume for wider circulation. The author never talks down to his audience. He knows that -- appearances to the contrary -- students are asking the deepest questions, questions about whether life has meaning and purpose. The first part of the book deals with these questions. He also knows that teenagers often find themselves caught by surprise in situations where they have to make tough decisions. And he believes that they are willing, even eager, to know how others have coped in similar situations. The second part of the book focuses on "Values to Live By."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567922332
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 346,552
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction xix
Part 1 The Search for Meaning
1 What Am I Doing Here? 3
2 Lies Teenagers Are Told 10
3 Attitude 19
4 Stop--Look--Listen 27
5 More Than Meets the Eye 35
6 How Can I Be Happy? 42
7 The Pursuit of Happiness 50
8 Having Your Cake and Eating It Too 58
9 Great American Teenage Tragedies 67
10 In Praise of Martin Buber 76
11 The Spiritual Dimension 86
12 Suspending Disbelief 95
13 David and Goliath 102
14 Coping with Pressure 111
15 Standing On Our Own Two Feet 120
16 Sometimes I Get Discouraged 127
17 Through the Valley of the Shadow 135
18 The Journey of the Magi 145
Part 2 Values to Live By
19 A Memory of My Father 157
20 Faith 165
21 Hope 175
22 Charity 184
23 Divine Irresponsibility 191
24 Committees of One 200
25 Thoughts on Vince Lombardi 208
26 The Life of the Mind 217
27 Unless You Become Like a Child 226
28 Beyond Self-Absorption 234
29 Manners Makyth Man 242
30 Three Phrases to Live By 251
31 Getting Away With Murder 259
32 The Fine Art of Rationalization 269
33 The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions 279
34 Three Pieces of Bad Advice 288
35 Friendship 297
36 Leadership--1 305
37 Leadership--2 313
38 "We Live in a Rapidly Changing World" 320
39 Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Badly 330
40 Tough and Tender 337
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