Curiosity and Interest



On Sunday, Crossroads hosted 80 prospective families at our annual Open House. Our students, faculty, staff, and parent community did an excellent job of welcoming our guests and helping them to feel comfortable in our school. I enjoyed the many conversations I had with parents, and I noticed from observation and conversation that these prospective families were more than curious. They were (they are!) interested in Crossroads.

In my experience, the attention of the curious and that of the interested is different. The attention of the curious is often unconscious. Curious people may ask one or two questions that come up in the moment. However, interested people are more consciously committed and have questions that are deeper, that resonate with their experience more, and that are connected and contextualized with intention.

This was my experience at Open House. My experience of both whole group question-and-answer sessions and one-on-one conversation was that parents came prepared with questions. They wanted examples or clarifications. In other words, they already believed and wanted to know how what they understand about Crossroads might play out for the particular identity and experience of their child. I find the questions of the interested more challenging than the questions of the curious, and I was excited to engage in brief and rigorous conversation on behalf of Crossroads and on behalf of our prospective students.

I am, of course, not surprised by their interest, and Corinne and I are looking forward to spending more time with these families in the weeks to come.

With great expectations,