The jury in a court of law is deliberating in the case of Owen Labrie. That is the St. Paul's prep school graduate charged with sexual assault of a then freshman girl. But many in the court of public opinion have already decided: a pox on both their houses.
In New York Magazine, Erica Schwiegershausen chronicles the testimony and evidence in this essentially she said/he said trial. What emerges are shallow boys and girls. They have no depth. They seem devoid of character. And, given history, these will be our next leaders.
The powers that be at St. Paul's might make David Brooks' book "The Road to Character" assigned reading. This exploration of what character entails is resonating with Americans. Although it was published way back in April of this year, it remains at #302 on Amazon. There have been 817 customer reviews.
Meanwhile another book, one focused on how to get ahead, is not doing so hot. It was published around the same time as "The Road to Character." It's Jack Welch's "The Real Life M.B.A." Every weekend it ranks lower on Amazon. So far there have been over 89 reviews.
America may be waking up to our need for more character, less success guidance. Yet, that meme seemed not to have penetrated the ethos of St. Paul's.