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: Intro – The Hyde culture can be hard for new students to grasp and Brother’s Keeper (BK) is probably the most challenging component of all. http://www.hyde.edu/2011/11/28/malcolms-blog/brothers-keeper-a-primer/
Part #2: BK History – There are over four decades of history to BK at Hyde.
Part #3: Common Resistance – Much of the early disdain for BK is due to the fact that a student’s initial association with it tends to be negative. http://www.hyde.edu/2011/11/30/malcolms-blog/bk-primer-3/
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. http://www.hyde.edu/2011/12/02/malcolms-blog/bk-primer-5/
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.”) http://www.hyde.edu/2012/01/09/malcolms-blog/bk-primer-6/
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. http://www.hyde.edu/2012/01/11/malcolms-blog/brothers-keeper-7/
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