“Culture does not make people. People make Culture.” Chimamanda Adichie
Another great TEDx Talk from Chimamanda Adichie, on “We should all be feminists.” She describes her journey as a feminist and her interactions around feminism with others. “A feminist is a man or a woman who says ‘Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it and we must…
Global Contexts & Avoiding the ‘Single Story’
This last couple of weeks we’ve been busy preparing faculty PD on the Global Contexts and their role in developing International Mindedness & Global Engagement (IMaGE) in our students. It has been a lot of work, but as we kicked off the sequence (3 x 1hr PD sessions) this week, the discussions began on some…
Educate for hope, not despair, for a fair and sustainable world.
I wrote this post in 2014, but come back to it often. See edits and additions below the main body. We tread a delicate line between hope and despair; between student action for change and not overwhelming our young learners with the pressure of a future that was shaped by others. ……….oO0o………. We’ve wrecked the…
Where do you come from? Where to next?
Being an international school teacher is an extreme privilege; a series of opportunities that present a unique kind of dilemma, seemingly earlier each year. It becomes more complex with school-age children of our own, and is further complicated by having cross-culture kids, with parents from two countries, growing up in a third. What do we…
How NOT to be ignorant about the world.
Hans Rosling, TED.com “Fame is easy to acquire. Impact is much more difficult.” Update, 2018: As a Rosling fanboy, using their work on i-Biology since about 2008, I was saddened to hear of his death in 2017. However, his recent book #Factfulness, is fantastic and well worth reading. More below. ……….o0O0o………. Another great Hans Rosling…
A Web Chart of the International Dimension of a School [MA Assignment]
5,000 words on “How international is your school?” Proposing a web-chart for visualising and measuring the international dimension.
Pocahontas & International-Mindedness
“You think the only people who are people, are people who look and think like you.”
How “international” is your school?
An attempt to use a radar chart to visualise the elements of the international dimension in schools.
What is an international education?
I’m taking this week to be locked away at the University of Bath, working on my current unit ‘Education in an International Context‘ as part of the MA in International Education. I’ll probably write a couple of blog posts as I filter my thinking and structure this piece of work.* Sitting with some relatives after…
As long as there are children there will be schools
I’m just in from the final Headmaster’s Symposium of the academic year. These have been a series of panel discussions with the community, and the focus of this month’s was “The Future of CA.” DJ, the Headmaster, invited me to on the panel as a teacher and coordinator, along with a couple of of teachers…