consumerist families that treat teachers and the school in entirely instrumental ways, seeking to use us exclusively to advance their child's narrow self-interest." He called for a dismantling of "this default understanding of Trinity as a credentialing factory," warning that without it, students would merely ascend to "a comfortable perch atop a cognitive elite that is self-serving, callous and spiritually barren." Without a shift in ethos toward greater commitments to the common good, toward social justice and activism, he said in the letter, "I am afraid we are, for a majority of our students, just a very, very expensive finishing school.Allman further wrote:
We seek to incorporate public service and civic activism into all aspects of our program in part because we believe that individualism unredeemed by a commitment to purposes beyond the self leads to unhappiness and meaninglessness. Attentiveness to others is essential to well-being.