Our all-school Common Reading is a tradition at Cushing that strengthens community bonds and encourages students to grow intellectually through reflection, inquiry, and conversation. In alignment with Cushing's Educational Process, the Common Reading experience challenges our students to discover and develop their personal potential and strengths and will, we hope, prompt individual and community reflection on important essential questions.
The Common Reading Committee worked long and hard to find a compelling story that would challenge us all to achieve a greater understanding of our world and ourselves. We sought an accessible book as our shared text— one that offers a diverse cultural perspective, addresses contemporary social issues, and enhances the intellectual life of the school.
We are happy to announce our Common Reading selection for academic year 2016-2017: In Order To Live
by Yeonmi Park. With her father in a labor camp and facing starvation herself, Yeonmi Park risked her life fleeing from her rural home in North Korea to China. Ms. Park’s book is the story of the mistreatment she endured, the impossible decisions she faced, and the strength of spirit that saw her through her experiences with human traffickers. Read more...