Education: At Kent School

"You fellows can make beds?" "Yes." "You can sweep floors?" "Absolutely."

"Well, I can cook eggs " said the headmaster of a newborn preparatory school. He was addressing his students The Negro servants had just walked out because of the poverty of the school. That was in 1906 when the Rev. Frederick Herbert Sill took 18 boys and two faculty members to a farmhouse in the Berkshire Hills of Connecticut and founded Kent School. The beds-floors-eggs incident was the beginning of a student-supervised, student-broom-wielding system which runs the school to...

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