Hopkins has been a haven for intellectual promise since 1660, and inspiring the minds of hopeful youths "for the public service of the country in future times" has always been at the core of our mission. While the relevance of the statement has not waned over time, I wonder if our founders could have imagined the global impact our students could have 358 years later.
As our perspective expands from the context of our country to a general awareness of the world, and as we begin to recognize the importance of global education on the life of our school, our understanding of the skills and sensibilities our students require to serve and become effective leaders in "future times" must also evolve. The need for global citizens is arguably more important now than it has ever been. Our students are faced with dramatic differences of geopolitical opinion and disturbing cultural conflicts in both international and domestic arenas, and they must be equipped with the ability to be the thoughtful, empathic, and moral leaders we need for tomorrow.
Our students will encounter an increasingly diverse and globalized world, and our educational systems and practices have to modernize accordingly. As a school, we have the obligation to prepare our students for their futures, not our pasts, and this awareness fuels a forward-thinking school culture that is eager to embrace the evolving landscape of education in the 21st century.
Our school's deep history works in our favor as our classical roots serve as a foundation for us to explore the innovations that can usher us forth, not be threatened by them. Looking ahead and imagining what it means for Hopkins to continue being intellectually vigorous in "future times" calls us to balance the timeless and proven traditions of our academic program with the exploration of new platforms of thinking, teaching, and learning. As we balance the traditional with the innovative, we hope to create meaningful connections that spark a sense of yearning within our students to learn the literacy of life that transcends disciplines and borders.
The exciting stories of our students participating in domestic and international academic, artistic, athletic, and service learning activities, in part, speak to how our students are eager to reframe the conventional conception of the educational space to allow for enriching experiences. No longer is thinking and learning contained solely within the walls of the classroom. The world is alive with opportunities for our students to be inspired, to learn, and to translate their knowledge into action. We should provide our kids with the access to a broader context of learning, while continuing to promote diversity and develop within them the fundamental values of character and kindness we cherish at Hopkins.
While our founders encouraged us to consider the type of impact our kids could have on our country, we must also be committed to cultivating their potential to be active global citizens in the world today.