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.