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Great Is the Truth: Secrecy, Scandal, and…

Great Is the Truth: Secrecy, Scandal, and the Quest for Justice at the…

by Amos Kamil

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Kamil did some groundbreaking reportorial work is writing an influential New York Times Magazine article on predatory sexual abuse by teachers and administrators at New York City's famed Horace Mann School. HM is a very expensive, very highly regarded private school for fast-track rich kids that virtually guarantees college acceptance at the top universities in the nation. For decades, the author divulged, famous faculty would choose students to abuse. When these students reported the abuse, the school's administration did nothing. It's all very similar to the scandal faced by the Roman Catholic Church. This work describes how the original and follow-up articles galvanized the large community of abused Mann students into seeked an apology, financial recompense, and a completely independent investigation into the charges. The School aggreed to just some of this and then stonewalled and that's it. So in reality, what we have here is a follow-up article in the growing literature of abuse. But then what should have been an article or essay became a book and that's my problem. What we get is endless repetition featuring abuse narrative after abuse narrative. It all culminates in nothing since Horace Mann refused to cooperate and there was never the total closure that an investigation might have provided. This exercise would have been much better and more powerful at one-third the length. The lack of a satisfying conclusion is, I suppose, like life, but terrible for a work like this. ( )
  neddludd | Jan 8, 2016 |
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A shocking exposé of sexual abuse and the struggle for justice at one of America's most prestigious schools

The Horace Mann School, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, represents the pinnacle of private education. With all its accolades and prestige, few could have anticipated the scandal that erupted in 2012 when The New York Times Magazine ran a cover story by the journalist and Horace Mann alumnus Amos Kamil detailing a decades-long pattern of sexual abuse by teachers.
In Great Is the Truth, Kamil and his coauthor, Sean Elder, uncover the full story of what happened at Horace Mann, and recount what has occurred in the aftermath of Kamil's watershed article. With craft and poise, they reveal a high-stakes environment of demanding academics and barely hidden debauchery, where many faculty members exploited their unchecked and undue influence to horrifying ends. Fast-forwarding to the present, Kamil and Elder relate how survivors emerged and petitioned for redress with the aid of celebrity lawyers while administrators and trustees scrambled to protect the school and themselves. They also look closely at how other schools have responded to scandal, often with far greater compassion and candor. How can institutions rectify their complicity in abuse and prevent it from recurring? How can victims achieve their due? "Great is the truth and it prevails," may be the motto of Horace Mann, but for many alumni, the truth remains all too hard to come by.

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"A journalistic account of the sexual abuse scandals at the Horace Mann School and how their discovery upended the school and the world of private education"--

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