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With Love and Prayers

With Love and Prayers

A Headmaster Speaks to the Next Generation

by F. Washington Jarvis
Foreword by Peter J. Gomes

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ISBN: 978-1-56792-233-2
Pages: 344
Size: 6" x 9"
Published: July 2010
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A book of deep and practical wisdom, and uncommon common sense, by one of the nation's most eminent educators.

F. Washington Jarvis was headmaster of Boston's Roxbury Latin School, the oldest school in continuous operation in North America. This book, winner of the 2001 Christopher Award, collects Jarvis’s addresses, reprinted from his school’s publications. His approach is anecdotal.

“If it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, it is ten times as true when you are speaking to young teenagers. They are gripped by the story of how real people cope with real situations. They are interested when you share with them the concrete realities of your own life and experience, and they are almost always willing to listen to adults who actually believe in something, who actually stand for something.”

The author never talks down to his audience. He knows that students are asking the deepest questions, questions about whether life has meaning and purpose. He also knows that teenagers often find themselves caught by surprise in situations where they have to make tough decisions. And he believes that they are willing, even eager, to know how others have coped in similar situations.

F. Washington Jarvis
The Reverend F. Washington Jarvis, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, came to Boston to complete his undergraduate degree at Harvard. After earning a master's degree at St. John's College in Cambridge and being ordained to the Episcopal Priesthood, he ventured to Cleveland, where he would teach at University School. He was named Headmaster of the Roxbury Latin School, the oldest school in continuous existence in North America in 1974, a post he would hold for thirty years. After retiring as headmaster in 2004, Jarvis served as a chaplain at Eton College and as a scholar-in-residence at schools in Australia. In addition, he served terms as president of both the Headmasters’ Association of the U.S. and the Country Day School Headmasters’ Association. He taught at Yale, where he was the Director of the Educational Leadership and Ministry Program at the Berkeley Divinity School.

Author: Peter J. Gomes

Peter J. Gomes was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was educated at Bates College and Harvard Divinity School, and was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Plymouth. Gomes was a trustee of the Roxbury Latin School.