Longtime educator Kent Lenci ’91 has published a new book, Learning To Depolarize: Helping Students and Teachers Reach Across Lines of Disagreement, available from Routledge. Kent is the founder of Middle Ground School Solutions, an organization dedicated to helping schools honor political and ideological differences.
In the book, Kent makes the case that schools have a role to play in easing the country's political polarization, and he closes the introductory chapter with a mention of his alma mater: “A tagline of Friends School of Baltimore, from which I graduated, at one time read, 'The world needs what our children can do.' Our country, plagued by polarization, needs what our children can do, if only we can find the courage and commitment to help them do it."
More about Kent (taken from his bio on the Middle Ground School Solutions website):
He has taught, coached, and occupied several leadership positions at the middle-school level over the past twenty years. He is a recipient of various honors, including the Margot Stern Strom Teaching Award from Facing History and Ourselves and the NAIS Teacher of the Future designation. He earned his Ed.M. in Learning and Teaching from Harvard University. Kent has presented at local and national conferences and written on the topic of connecting students across political divides. In partnership with the Better Arguments Project, he created a curriculum to encourage civil discourse among middle- and high-school students, and he has worked with a number of schools to help educators navigate the complexities of political polarization. By virtue of temperament and experience, he is well suited to gently, purposefully, and humorously leading students and faculty members through difficult discussions.