This week on HeightsCast we feature a recording of our most recent Heights Lecture Series featuring Colin Gleason, who discusses the formation of conscience in the young boy. Though we focus, among other things, on the formation of the will at The Heights, the formation of a boy’s moral compass–his conscience–is equally important. The forming of a child’s conscience begins at a very early age. The peer group, school, and culture will all be factors in our children’s moral growth, but no environment will affect the bearings of conscience more than the that of the home. So how can we best train our young sons to have the knack of interpreting right from wrong, especially in today’s seemingly amoral climate? Tune in to hear Colin Gleason approach this important theme.
Lower School Head, Colin Gleason, addresses "bullying" in today's podcast. All across our fair land, schools feature "Say No to Bullying" posters in the same way that our public transit systems caution riders to "see something, say something." Our children have grown up on high alert that there is a troubled class of individuals out there--BULLIES--that is out to get them. That may be true in some sense, but Colin pushes back on the idea that every instance of aggression or lack of charity is "bullying." He offers advice for parents and schools working through tough social situations. Through out the conversation, our Lower School Head grounds his guidance in the goal of raising boys into protectors. Rather than telling young lads not to use their strength, we must channel that strength towards good, noble, and manly purposes.