MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
As we begin a new school year, I write to share with you one of my favorite passages from Mary Catherine Bateson. An anthropologist concerned with learning and education, Bateson once told me that she still takes as her role models her first and best teachers—her parents, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, famous anthropologists in their own rights. In her book Peripheral Visions, Bateson wrote:
“It is fashionable in America to say that schools are failing, and there is a groundswell of anger against educators of all kinds. This is not in the main because they are not doing their job—it is because we have no adequate understanding of what the job is in the society we are becoming...