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Mark Trafton

Phillips Exeter Academy
Modern Languages
Many colleagues and I were culturally competent long before it became a vogue term at our institution. So are many colleagues. I wish that their wisdom and experience had been inventoried and validated long ago. Instead, our administrators gave the impression that this community's employees and educators were empty containers that had to have cultural competency bestowed on them by faculty in-services. Maybe MLK Day activities and other less "top-down" encounters and dynamics will tap and benefit from this great wealth of resident wisdom and cultural competency of our teaching faculty. When wisdom and initiative rise from the grass roots, from those on the front line or the loading dock, better things happen and there is a great deal more "buy-in."