A message from Pamela Juan Hayes '64 on February 8th
Dear Sacred Heart Greenwich community:
As an alumna of Sacred Heart Greenwich myself, I’m not surprised by the energy with which alumnae are engaging in this conversation around freedom of expression. In fact, the level of confidence and passion from alumnae validates the strength of a Sacred Heart education. We welcome this important dialogue.
Open dialogue is alive and well on our campus and that’s why we discourage the displays of slogans and bumper stickers, which in an educational environment can have the unintended consequence of stifling open debate. We know there are better forums. For example, in junior year, all students take a theology course in ethics and morality. In the class, students choose from the topics of abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty and then choose a side to debate their view.
Our formula of combining deeply held religious views and robust intellectual pursuit is working well, as evidenced by the energy with which our community is currently discussing this issue.
In my time as Head of School at Sacred Heart Greenwich, I have dealt with many situations similar to this and in every case we seek to empower our students with the ability to confidently express their views in an informed, constructive manner.
Here’s a link, for your information, to a story that posted in the Greenwich Time today on this subject.