At a time when common courtesy and respectful debate feel like distant memories, I was uplifted by Political Discord & Civil Discourse, a student event hosted by St. Luke’s Center for Leadership.

Our guests were CNN anchor and St. Luke’s parent Alisyn Camerota and Congressman Jim Himes.  I moderated the discussion which covered the rise of tribalism, the limits of media echo chambers, and the power of respectful disagreement.

Camerota and Himes brought civil discourse to life—listening to one another, and to our students’ thoughtful and thought-provoking questions. There was often disagreement but always expressed with respect, with facts, and with decorum.

Below is a video of Political Discord & Civil Discourse. If you wonder what it looks like when students find their voices—make sure to watch through to the very end.




 On May 16, Ari  Fleischer, former White House Secretary for President George W. Bush, will join students for another Political Discord & Civil Discourse assembly.

Further Reading: 

Recovering the (Lost) Art of Civility - The New York Times

Talking Across the Aisle at St. Luke's School - Harvard Making Caring Common

Student Leadership: The Art of Conversation - Georgia Rosenberg '19

True Patriots - Mark Davis

St. Luke's First Social Justice Leadership Summit for Parents - Kate Parker-Burgard

 St. Luke’s is a private, secular (non-religious) independent school in New Canaan, CT serving grades 5-12. St. Luke’s mission: An exceptional education that inspires a deep love of learning, a strong moral compass, the commitment to serve, and the confidence to lead.   

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