In Her Own Words…

By: Jenifer Fox, Head of School

We stand with those who struggle for justice and equality

Throughout this week, I have informally referenced the events that are unfolding across our country. I believe it is appropriate at this time to make a formal statement. The Berkshire Country Day School is heartbroken over the death of George Floyd at the hands of the officers who were supposed to be protecting his community.

Through national protests, our country is witnessing an up-rise against the culmination of inhumane actions towards marginalized communities. Now is the time for us to embrace the changes that must be made toward a just society for all our citizens. We must all be open to acknowledging our role in the perpetuation of a society that accepts racism and be committed in words and actions to become part of the change we so desperately need.

In the words of James Baldwin, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

Change comes when we are outraged by human suffering even when it doesn’t impact us personally. Berkshire Country Day School reaffirms its commitment to stand as one voice against injustice. We are committed to searching out the areas of our curriculum and programs to discover and include areas where we can affect greater democratic awareness; teach empathy and sustainability; and commit to habits that use inquiry as a primary method for discerning truth from falsehood. This will mean we confront our current methods and make the appropriate changes which will allow us to fully live out our mission to develop citizens who are ready to make a difference.

As we look to the future, we do so with the current moment in mind. Berkshire Country Day School is committed to becoming a private school with a public purpose. In doing so, we will commit our programs, resources and future strategies to more fully living our mission to develop citizens. We will do this through our teaching, as well as our outreach and partnership with the greater community. While we are not yet fully aware of how we will move forward to make this ideal manifest, we are solid in our commitment to make the changes necessary in order to fulfill our promise.