Brother’s Keeper Reprise – 7 Parts


Of course, no discussion of the unique Hyde tradition of the student “bust” would be complete without including the ethic of Brother’s Keeper in the mix.  I covered this topic at length in this blog a few years ago in a 7-part series called Brother’s Keeper – A Primer.  Rather than reinvent the wheel, I figured I’d offer some links here to the original postings back in 2011/12.

Part #1: IntroThe Hyde culture can be hard for new students to grasp and Brother’s Keeper (BK) is probably the most challenging component of all.

Part #2:  BK HistoryThere are over four decades of history to BK at Hyde.

Part #3: Common ResistanceMuch of the early disdain for BK is due to the fact that a student’s initial association with it tends to be negative.

Part #4: Forgiveness“This is the most forgiving school I’ve ever seen!” – Headmaster of a rival New England prep school

Part #5: Context: Brother’s Keeper is a wholistic concept that must be wired directly into the culture and practiced by all participants.

Part #6: It’s Complicated: Brother’s Keeper takes years to understand. (Joe Gauld, Hyde’s founder, gets very specific about it: “It takes 3 years.”)

Part #7: My Experience: Sometimes you have to seek out the help that you might not want but it’s the help that you know you need.

In the end, the principle is stated pretty clearly in a whole bunch of places: “We help others attain their best.”  Occasionally, we all need to remind ourselves that if we expect to benefit from it, we must contribute to it.

Onward,  Malcolm Gauld