My son Brennan Yamaguchi, Class of 2027, had learned about Maryknoll’s motto Noblesse Oblige (“To whom much is given, much is expected”), through service projects with his class, and listened to character lessons from his teachers. So when he heard one of his classmates had epilepsy, he felt a personal responsibility to spread awareness and friendship so she would not feel alone in the fight.
The Maryknoll Sisters who founded our school believed in service to others. For them, service was more than just volunteering a few hours here and there a couple of times per year. It was a paradigm that guided their actions and decisions to seek the greatest benefit for others and create positive change in our community.
This article originally appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's "Raise Your Hand" opinion column facilitated by the Center for Tomorrow's Leaders on Sept. 2, 2018.
Even with an increasingly globalized world, it is still easy for people to view only the surface of countries separated by long stretches of ocean. For many, storied political tensions, like those between China and the U.S., distort our vision because many are without personal experiences in these foreign nations. Through Maryknoll School’s Common Goal Diplomacy Program, we not only experienced educational diplomacy among peers, but we also witnessed the significance of cultural exchange and the finding of common ground.
As the world becomes increasingly globalized, the benefits of being multilingual are constantly increasing. You may have heard that an educational model called immersion is spreading throughout the U.S. that offers families the option of an immersive approach to learning a new language that increases children's cognitive development and supports bilingual fluency from a young age.
An immersion program may be right for your family if you are seeking an alternative to traditional language classes and are considering making a long-term commitment for your child to learn a particular language.
Chaordic: A harmonious coexistence between chaos and order; from Dee Hock’s seminal book Birth of the Chaoridc Age.