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Awakening to Privilege

Posted by Sumner McCallie on December 22, 2014

Sumner McCallie, Academic Dean at McCallie School, was asked to reflect on his summer 2014 journey to Cambodia by Where There Be Dragons, the group with which he traveled. The following was included in their bi-annual publication.

As an educator who has led international trips for two decades, I have watched countless students confront the reality of their American lifestyle and wealth compared to the situations of the local folks with whom we have worked to build homes or dig wells or preserve forest resources. I have seen students figuratively, and occasionally literally, stopped dead in their tracks in shock at the daily challenges our new friends face to find food or firewood or freedom.

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Topics: Campus Life, community service, Featured, poverty, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight, O Captain! My Captain!, travel, Upper School Life

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