We wish to make one thing clear: The Tavern is a completely student-run publication. We are a thoughtpaper made by students, for students interested learning outside the boundaries of their own institutions. Yes, we are students: everyday we walk into our classrooms, sit around Harkness tables, and engage in exhilarating discussions with not only our peers, but also our teachers. Although students contribute to the heart of the discussions, teachers are still a crucial presence in any classroom. Whether they are sharing their wisdom or serving as mediators in heated debates, teachers foster our knowledge, passion, and humanity—there is always something we can learn from them.
Panel members conduct “Ten Minute T(ea)” interviews with teachers they deem to be especially beloved and respected by their respective institutions. The interview takes place over a cup of tea in the span of ten minutes. The interview is recorded and later transcribed by the interviewer. We hope that, by reading through these interviews, our readers will be able to gain special insight on money’s impact in boarding school, insight that can only be brewed from experience and age.
Ten Minute T(ea) with Dr. David Black Jr.
Interview conducted by Marianne Lu, Groton School
April 26, 2018
Q: Does attending boarding school mean we have any societal or personal obligations?
A: No, attending boarding school doesn't encumber you with any obligation, but it does usually instill within students a sense of responsibility. Hopefully, students will go into the world and do things by choice, not obligation.
Q: How does a school like Groton do this?
A: We provide students with information and ideas that make them a part of the larger world and feel a connection to other people who are different and less fortunate. The Groton experience that stays with students is not so much the knowledge, but the ideas.
Q: What type of privilege do we have as boarding school students?
A: Groton gives its students individualized attention that most other students will never see. All of the classes here are small, and each student is cared for and his or her progress is followed closely. My friend teaches four classes of AP environmental science with 45 kids each; at Groton, this is unthinkable.
Dr. Black is an environmental science and ecology teacher at Groton School. He runs the Groton Conservation Corps, which aims to protect biodiversity on campus. He has also coached various sports, such as football, basketball, squash, and crew, and enjoys a range of outdoor activities, such as hiking and traveling.