Poetry in America

"When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses."
- John F. Kennedy

I have always loved this quote from JFK, and I find it so perfect when thinking about the power of poetry. GCDS has always understood the power of poetry, whether it is a Middle School "Poem in the Pocket Day" or the Upper School art poetry project or a third grade poetry recitation on Grandparents Day or just a regular language arts class, we know the importance of wrestling with great poetry.

This video is a window into an exciting project that GCDS is piloting with Harvard University and Harlem Success Academy called "Poetry in America." It will be fun to watch this project gain a national audience.

I hope you enjoy watching how we at GCDS continue to innovate, continue to explore new ideas, and continue to be leaders in the education world.

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School