Could Do Better…?

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 […]

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What Makes You So Important Anyway?

I recently had the honor of delivering the commencement address to the graduating class at Khartoum International Community School. They are a wonderful group of young people, blessed with so much potential and benefitting from considerable privilege and opportunity. My question to them was this: with all this opportunity and talent what are you going […]

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I Blame Wal-mart …

Bread, fruit, vegetables, diapers, car tyres, hot sauce, stationery, viagra (I kid you not), furniture, milk, Lego, a TV – and a shotgun. All things that you can buy in that mammoth one-stop-shop that is Wal-Mart. And don’t forget Safeway, Tesco, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrisons and Lidl. All places where you can get […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

  As the new school year begins tens of thousands of international teachers the world over have a decision to make: do I stay or move on? Our profession is dominated by contracts of two or even one year’s duration leading to an annual cycle of conversations, reflections and the agony of decision-making. It is […]

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“I am not a number… I am a Free Man!” (or Why I’m Worried About Data-Driven Schools)

I admit it: there was a time when I drank long and deep from the data-driven Kool-Aid. If there was data to be had about my school I sought it out, analysed it and set about changing things. IB point scores, IGCSE grades, ISA tests, reading levels, GL tests… Schools can be bottomless pits of […]

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