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Working Hard, Playing Hard

Posted by Billy Faires on July 09, 2015

At McCallie, athletics is an important tool in a comprehensive educational program

From the Summer 2015 issue of McCallie Magazine

Wesley Brown takes the ball and drives across the left side of the soccer field in the Blue Tornado’s TSSAA state playoff game against Saint Benedict Academy.

The fourth-generation McCallie student moves quickly down the field as his teammates surge forward, and an SBA defender scrambles to keep pace. Brown looks toward the goal, gets past a defender and sends the ball toward the center of the field in front of the net.

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Topics: achievement, alumni, boys, Campus Life, college prep, excellence, Featured, high school athletics, mccallie, princeton, Posts from the Ridge, soccer, spotlight, TSSAA, Upper School Life, valedictorian

David Brooks: "Honor Code"

Posted by Billy Faires on July 12, 2012

David Brooks wrote a compelling July 5 column in The New York Times about the struggle of boys in school.

The education system has become culturally cohesive, rewarding and encouraging a certain sort of person: one who is nurturing, collaborative, disciplined, neat, studious, industrious and ambitious. People who don’t fit this cultural ideal respond by disengaging and rebelling.

Far from all, but many of the people who don’t fit in are boys.

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Topics: boys, Featured, learning difficulties, motivation, opportunities, Posts from the Ridge

"School Is Too Easy"

Posted by Billy Faires on July 10, 2012

Interesting report in the Huffington Post's Education section, "School Easy, Failing To Challenge Students, Survay Says".

The analysis, by Ulrich Boser and Lindsay Rosenthal, found a disturbing disconnect between student engagement and test scores. Many students -- 21 percent of 12th graders and 37 percent of fourth graders -- reported that math classes were "too easy." But only 40 percent of fourth graders and 35 percent of eighth graders were deemed "proficient" on the National Assessment for Educational Progress math test. Boser and Rosenthal explain this disconnect by pointing to gaps between lessons and the test questions. "It's also possible that students do poorly on" the test "because they're not challenged in school," they wrote.

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Topics: academics, boys, classroom, education, learning, Posts from the Ridge

McCallie Men Make Esquire

Posted by Billy Faires on February 15, 2012


Photo courtesy of Harry Phillips, included on

The McCallie Culinary Club was the recent focus of's "Eat Like A Man" blog. In hindsight, the match seems a matter of fate. What place more suited to know what it is to eat like a man than the Land of the Fourth Meal*?

Harry Phillips, a senior day student and one of the four founding members of the club, wrote a great piece summarizing McCallie's place in the Esquire landscape:

At an all-male prep school, there is a heavy emphasis on academics, sports, and the arts, but learning how to cook (whether it be for ourselves, our families, or even a date every now and then) was left out of our curriculum. We recruited a team of athletes, artists, actors, and aspiring chefs, and coined a motto for the McCallie Culinary Club: "We Stew, We Brew, We Grill, We Chill." With a copy of the Eat Like A Man cookbook as our bible, and McCallie's on-campus kitchen as our cathedral, we have taken the student body by storm.

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Topics: boys, Campus Life, extracurricular activities, food, Posts from the Ridge, spotlight, Upper School Life

News Beyond the Ridge: School Life

Posted by Billy Faires on October 21, 2011

This week's News Beyond the Ridge looks at articles surrounding the high school experience and issues of single-sex education. McCallie Headmaster Kirk Walker is fond of stressing that McCallie is not a "single-sex" school, but rather a school that is and has been since its first day about educating boys.

Article Makes Case for the Academic Value of Extracurriculars
Activities at school beyond the classroom like sports, drama club, yearbook, and jazz band are worth protecting in tight fiscal times, contends a new article. "...a growing body of research says there is a link between after-school activities and graduating from high school, going to college, and becoming a responsible citizen."
Education Week "Curriculum Matters" blog, October 12


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Topics: academics, boys, extracurricular activities, Posts from the Ridge

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