(Excerpts from Elizabeth's remarks at the Dedication of the Foxhall Campus of the Field School, Summer, 2002)
I have had a passion for education since early childhood. I
came from a large family and, as the oldest of the last four, I was
called upon to help my brothers and sisters with their studies. So from a very early age, I was teaching. As a result, my life has been more about experience than about theory. My teaching has been based on the practice of educating rather than on the theories of education.
I want to share with you what education means to me. We spend our lives articulating our feelings and thoughts to others and to ourselves. It is this process of communicating that I call education. I see our work in education as finding a way to move our students gently
toward a clearer perception of themselves, of the world and of their
relations with others.
I see every day that, as this happens, it makes our students more successful. They become more alert, more confident, freer, more peaceful, and, in some
ways that are quantifiable and others that are not, I see them become
They become more truly who they are. They become more authentic. The openness given to us naturally as children can expand as we absorb our great heritage of knowledge. It is not a given; however, that we will become individuals who realize our full potential. It is all too easy for us to become preys of a superficial conditioning, masking as education.
Individuality is our goal and it is the goal of the education that we bring to this wonderful new setting.
When I am in front of a student, then I echo those wonderful words from the great Bard, "Oh, what wondrous creatures these."