Adam Aranovitz Metacognition

The Value Of Tradition 

If You Don’t Use It You’ll lose It 


Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.

-Harold MacMillan


Tradition is what keeps the departed still present. A tradition to me is something you do or take part in that happens weekly or annually. There are many different types of traditions around the world regarding culture and heritage. Fenn school is a traditional school that has lost its tradition. 


The tradition I’m going to be talking about is called pen to paper. Pen to Paper was something that the senior class would do with Mrs. Ward every Friday. The class would go over to her house enjoy some snacks and journal/ write about whatever was on their mind. When I was in sixth grade it seemed like a pretty cool activity to take part in. All of the senior class seemed to be quite excited whenever they were invited over to the headmaster's house to take part in Pen to Paper. 


Ever since Mrs. Wards devastating passing three years ago Pen to Paper has started to die out. This tradition has started to fade. For the last couple of years, this tradition has started to leave Fenn and become something of the past. This was quite annoying for me. I really looked forward to doing Pen to Paper when I became a senior. It was not only saddening to see Mrs. Ward pass away but devastating to know that this tradition will become history. 


This year, I believe, would be a great year to bring back the weekly Pen to Paper. I believe that Pen to Paper is a really great time to de-stress, relax, and vent your thoughts. This year is a big year for all of the senior class. We have important tests, exams, applications much more. Having a place where we can talk about all of this and relax would be really nice. Mr. Irwin has made it so we can do this once a month which is fine but I would really like to be able to do this every week. I really don’t think it’s fair that a lot of the classes before us got to take part in this tradition and now we don’t. Please take into consideration how this would help the class, and make this year a more enjoyable time.


Jack Bretl