If you are looking for a relaxing and thoughtful read to finish your summer, check out "Stepping Stones", available on Amazon here. Good friend and colleague Kent Bicknell has just released a book that outlines the history of Sant Bani School in. central New Hampshire. We got to know both Kent and the school very well several years ago as we completed a comprehensive strategic plan for Sant Bani School. Kent served as the founding head, long-time leader, and resident historian.
According to Amazon, "Stepping Stones narrates the fascinating history of Sant Bani School and its rapid growth into a dynamic educational day program in central New Hampshire. With a focus on the early years (1973-1978) founding head Dr. Kent Bicknell offers an in-depth account of the spiritual and educational roots of the school as it developed a curriculum based on the understanding that all life is connected. Along with a description of the relation of the school to two spiritual teachers from India, Dr. Bicknell provides a link to the educational theories of the 19th century Transcendentalists, Henry Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Alcotts. Contemporary newspaper articles and photographs from the initial years help bring the story to life. Be prepared to wonder, to laugh, to learn – and to be drawn to visit the school's vibrant campus today (www.santbani.org)."
If you are a school historian and enjoy the challenges, chronicles, and journey of founding a new school and building an educational philosophy, check out "Stepping Stones". It is thoughtful and in-depth account of a vital school in the central New Hampshire region.