A Curricular Vision
10 Jan 2017

We seek a curriculum in which teachers do not teach subjects, they teach people:

  • that helps students look honestly at themselves and the world, brings their minds to life, enlarges their interests, stimulates curiosity, and makes learning an adventure where they enjoy their talents and appreciate the beauty of truth;


  • that helps students to have the courage to be themselves: to find something to believe in and give themselves to;


  • that gives them learning tools, skills, habits, attitudes, self-discipline;


  • that encourages them to learn from failures and setbacks;


  • that provides context, a sense of perspective, an evolving social conscience, and, ultimately, frees them from fear, ignorance, apathy, intellectual poverty, prejudice, and loneliness;


  • that challenges students’ limitations and helps them know themselves, their fellow men, and their universe;


  • that articulates ways in which individual endeavors fit into overall purposes;


  • that develops the mind and helps young people grow up into worthwhile persons;


  • that takes learning beyond the book and into the mind and life of the student.


                                                                                  Doc Fast

                                                                                    Byrnes Chair in the Humanities


Dr. Jeffrey Fast

Dr. Jeffrey Fast has been a teacher and administrator in America’s leading independent schools for almost 40 years. After graduating from Oberlin College, he served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines teaching English at both secondary and collegiate levels. He received his MA in English Literature fromYork University in Toronto, then moved on to receive his PhD from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, England. Upon his return to America, he took on both teaching and administrative positions at The Webb Schools in California, serving for 15 years as English department head, Dean of Students, Director of Curriculum, and Director of the Summer Studies Program. He also taught English to Japanese students at The Toin Gakuen School outside Yokohama in one of his sabbaticals. After Webb, Dr. Fast moved to Boston, and took on teaching and administrative positions at Belmont Hill School, serving as English department head, Director of Curriculum, and Form Head for the past 22 years. He currently teaches sections of 9th grade English, as well as several advanced English electives — Shakespeare, Faulkner and the Southern Tradition, Search For Faith, Literature of Social Reflection.




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