Education Must Teach Life: the 2019 Bond Lecture

Every February, in observance of Black History Month, MICDS holds the Bond Lecture, which brings a noted African American to campus. Lerone A. Martin, Ph.D., of Washington University, was this year’s Bond Lecture guest speaker.

Dr. Martin challenged students to grapple with the questions of what it means to be human, what it means to interact with people who are different than us and how to assess and understand our experiences. He encouraged students to make connections, to adjust and wrestle with the pressing issues we see today and reminded them that education is the key to tackling these things. “It’s not about memorizing dates in history or calculations in math,” Dr. Martin said. “You’re practicing and cultivating what it means to be a citizen with virtues.” The Erik Lyons Bond ’77 Lecture is named in honor of the first African American graduate to complete all eight grades at Saint Louis Country Day School.

Watch Dr. Martin’s lecture: