York School's advisory program is known as PATH, named for the saying, "We cannot prepare the path for the child, we can only prepare the child for the path." It is valuable to remember that there are many paths through York as there are many paths through life. The overarching question around which PATH is organized is, "What kind of person do you want to be?"
This year, the theme of PATH springs from one of our community reads for the summer, Designing Your Life. In order to achieve our goals, we must first understand where we are at this moment. It's hard to get to point B if you're not sure what point A is. To begin, we will be viewing, as a school, two films that provide insight into the influences of societal expectations on our development and our everyday lives.
On Thursday,August 24, we will spend the morning viewing The Mask You Live In and Miss Representation, followed by group discussions led by local therapists Maren Martin and Ron Triplett. If you don't know these important documentaries, you might be interested in following the above links to view the trailers. Mask addresses our society's narrow definition of masculinity; Miss Representation investigates the messages girls receive from society. Both carry powerful messages that are vital for our students to hear, discuss, and, ideally, internalize.
For this first showing, boys will watch and discuss Mask and the girls Miss Representation. Gender non-conforming students may choose which film to see first. Classes will continue as usual on Thursday afternoon. On September 14, following morning classes, students will view the second film, the one they didn't see earlier. Again, the two local therapists will be present to facilitate discussions.
The York Parents organization plans to show these films this year, as well. Keep an eye on the Falcon for more information.
For more information about the screenings for the students, please contact Dean of Students, Joyce Sherry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.