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Ready to be Part of "What's Next" in Memphis

Several years ago, I wrote a piece entitled, “Preparing our Students to be Community Leaders: An Initial Brainstorming.” After attending TEDxMemphis this weekend, I remembered the piece because I was reminded again and again during the TED talks of the vital importance of developing an interest in civic engagement and community leadership in our students. 469 more words

Education

Arts Education: Not an Optional Extra

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.

– Michelangelo

You might think art is an optional extra in a crowded school curriculum, a nice thing to have but not essential, and certainly not a core subject, like maths or science or English. 416 more words

General News

St. Albans School Fall-out Continues

http://www.kirkhamgrammar.co.uk/senior-news/senior-news/governors-announcement

Richard Laithwaite, former Deputy Head of St. Albans School and heavily involved with Headmaster Andrew Grant and Danny Swanson in the events described in the post below, has been sacked as Haed of Kirkham Grammar School after just two years. 47 more words

Independent Schools

Luncheon Speech to The Germantown Chamber, August 20, 2015

(The text here is edited in minor ways from the speech I gave last Thursday to the Germantown Chamber of Commerce.)

Thank you for the invitation to be here today. 1,497 more words

Education

Doers Not Hearers Only--Opening of School Year Student Convocation Talk

(The author with the Senior Prefects from St. George’s Independent School August 17, 2015)

(Below is my welcome back to school Chapel Talk from St. George’s Independent School in Memphis, Tennessee on August 17, 2015. 815 more words

Making Active Connections

As followers of Dialogue will have noticed, I have written more than once in recent weeks to challenge criticisms of Independent schools in the media and to correct some of the more persistent stereotypes: that they are elitist and exclusive or that their students are somehow isolated from the… 351 more words

Independent Schools

See Ya, Academia. Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya.

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In April 2014, I ended my career in academia — though calling it a “career” may be overstating the case. I had two months left in my fifth year of an English Ph.D. 1,471 more words

Higher Education