One of the challenges of recruiting expatriate teachers for international schools is the personal / professional dynamic. As Headmaster of an American international school here in Rio de Janeiro, I have to take into consideration both the likelihood of a potential new hire being professionally successful at my school as well as the likelihood that […]Read more "What Makes a Great International Educator?"
The weeks up to Christmas are traditionally a very social time, especially for students in the older grades of the High School eager to enjoy parties with their friends at the end of a long semester. However, as much as it is a time of joy and excitement, it is also a time when parents […]Read more "Of Peer-Pressure, Parties and Parenting…"
May 2017, moments after a speeding car plowed into pedestrians in Manhattan’s Times Square, an onlooker stands filming the scene on his phone as others tend to the injured. He just stands there, passively filming, recording the events unfold before him like a scene from a movie. I was reminded of this photo a few […]Read more "Being in the Moment"
A few days ago my son asked me a question: would I sooner fight a camel-sized chicken or a group of chicken-sized camels? Not the usual kind of question you get asked, I grant you, but an interesting one nonetheless. After thinking through my own position I sought out the wisdom of the crowd and […]Read more "A Tale of Camels, Chickens and Self Defence…"
A few years ago I visited The Dalton School in New York City, on the Upper East Side. It was founded in 1919 by a lady called Helen Pankhurst, who was inspired by the thinkers of the day to start a school that was in tune with the spirit of the age – a truly […]Read more "So What Drives You?"
There has been no period in recorded history when security concerns have not been a feature of the world in which we live. The media would have us think that things are getting worse, that the world is becoming less secure and more violent. But is it? Is the world really deteriorating when it comes […]Read more "The First Casualty…"
School reports: two words that resonate in the hearts and minds of adults and children alike. Many of us look back ruefully on those seasonal pithy phrases, bland expressions or, occasionally, those perceptive dissections of who we were when we were young. As a father and as a school head I find myself on every […]Read more "Could Do Better…?"