Inside MPS Pt. 4: Afterthoughts

To read Pt. 3: Inside MPS Pt. 3: The Upside Down

I want to approach this discussion with humility, hope and grace.  I hope that those who read Inside Marianapolis can see the optimism that I write with.  I want to be critical of the matters that deserve criticism, but I don’t want to criticize in such a harsh manner that those with privilege feel attacked and as a result, become callused to what I have to say.  If I failed to demonstrate that I am considerate of all perspectives, I would like to offer three afterthoughts to conclude this piece.

First, if you didn’t notice, I wrote about Marianapolis in all past tense.  Some of the statements that I made about MPS in the past are probably still true for today.  Nonetheless, I had to speak in the past tense because that was the only time that I was able to observe the school up close.  It wouldn’t be fair for me to speak about the school today considering that I am not present to make these observations.

My second afterthought is that I think that it is redemptive for students to be able to have many different opportunities, either curricular or extracurricular, in school.  I think these opportunities are redemptive because the students are allowed to exercise their capabilities.  There is a philosophical school of thought called “The Capabilities Approach,” which essentially argues that every human being should be able to do whatever they are capable of doing.  This description is a simplified version and it can be better explained by Martha Nussbaum in the book Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach.  Anyway, the extracurricular and curricular prospects that are offered to the students in a concerted cultivation environment allows the students to do whatever they are capable of doing.  In Inside Marianapolis, I wasn’t trying to argue that these prep students shouldn’t be able to exercise their capabilities to the fullest extent.  Instead, I was arguing that students who attend non prep schools should be able to have the opportunities to exercise their capabilities as much as the prep school students do.

Lastly, I need to continue to acknowledge my privilege. I went from attending a private college preparatory school to attending a private Christian college.  I have the ability to travel to amazing places, own a lot of technology, drive a car and have all the basic necessities of life.  I cannot write about denying privilege while I simultaneously deny and normalize my privilege.  I haven’t yet figured out how I should be in right relationship with my privilege, but I continue to seek how I can create a more redemptive world in light of my privilege.  I would honestly appreciate your thoughts on how I should deal with my privilege.  Thanks for reading.


2 thoughts on “Inside MPS Pt. 4: Afterthoughts

  1. Mary Aubin says:

    Nice article Liam. I think you already know how to deal with your privilege. You already do your best to help less fortunate. Keep doing that and you will be successful as a human. Isn’t that what success is after all. If your heart is full, your wallet doesn’t have to be.
    With that being said one other point you could have made was that just because some individuals are privileged to go to private schools, that doesn’t guarantee they will remain higher class and public school individuals, many do exceed their limited environment to become quite successful. I know you were generalizing, but just wanted to throw that at you.
    Again, nice job.


    1. Pennyworth says:

      Hey Mrs. Aubin! Thank you so much for reading this, it means a lot! And yes, I agree that there are individuals who will end up becoming successful even if they don’t go to a prep school. I don’t think this happens to everybody, but I also want to acknowledge that that reality does exist. Hope you are doing well!


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