Thursday, August 20, 2009


SPS end-of-session cookout in the Gregory Court. A most interesting discussion, led by Ted Eagles, on the knotty issue of whether STA overemphasizes athletics at the expense of academics. Ted feels that unless STA focuses more on academics, STA and its direct competition (Prep, Landon, etc.) will be grooming scholar-athletes for the Ivies in an increasingly tight pool, while at the same time applications from highly qualified foreign students will make such American graduates less and less competitive. Ted, who graduated from STA in 1954 and continues to teach not only in SPS but half-time during the regular school year as well, is skeptical that distance learning could offer much in the way of a long-term strategic benefit for STA.

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