25 March 2021
Dear Retired Members of CANE:
You are all—regardless of your past teaching level or as a non-teacher– invited to attend a meeting for CANE retirees on the afternoon of Monday 14 June (Flag Day), via Zoom, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). The meeting’s purpose will be to solicit and discuss ideas/suggestions about the role of retirees in all matters CANE.
It is an exciting–often daunting–time for teaching and learning classical studies. I can testify to that, having just stepped away from the classroom in August after fifty-four years due to Covid. Yet, I am still privy to daily school mail that has detailed the incredible number of hoops through which teachers and kids are having to jump. There are also many serious discussions going on, both in our schools and in our communities at large, about what classical studies has meant historically and what it could mean in society today. Those of us who have a deep-rooted affection for classical studies, and gratitude for the myriad benefits which our beloved CANE has afforded us through the years, should get together with a common purpose: becoming an active and passionate resource for all CANE members, from the twenty-somethings to the ninety-somethings. And it might even be helpful to discuss what retirement is (supposed to be) all about, as well.
Please RSVP for the 14 June meeting by email (using the address to which the Zoom invite can be sent) to Charlie Bradshaw at email@example.com If you do not have Zoom capability, indicate that in your email. If you know a CANE retiree without a computer (I do) tell me that as well. Let us have retirement become “refirement”—so that it will be a vibrant supportive force for New England’s long history of classical education as it evolves to meet the changing, challenging landscape of the 21st century.
Thank you for giving this plea consideration, and please join us on 14 June!
Member of the CANE Executive Board and Membership Committee
Multas gratias to the following CANE officers for their helpful editing suggestions regarding this message: Teresa Ramsby, Ruth Breindel, Meredith Safran