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Much happens at AISB that goes unnoticed, or is very visible and is never commented upon. We send out regular newsletters, but often the day-to-day minor improvements get lost. Thus, in the months to come, this blog will give me an opportunity to communicate more detailed updates on the running of this school. I will regularly be posting updates and, whenever needed, in emergencies. All posts will allow comments, and I encourage you to participate in the discussions at hand. To do so, click on the title of the blog post and scroll down to the end.
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In the 1969 movie ‘True Grit’ there were some memorable lines from the phlegmatic John Wayne, who personified the conversational drawl of western cowboy movies. There were many memorable quotes from this movie:
Lawyer Goudy, “I believe you testified that you backed away from old man Wharton”
John Wayne, “Yes, sir”
Lawyer Goudy, “Which direction were you going?”
John Wayne, “Backward. I always go backward when I’m backin’ away”
I am not a great fan of the 2010 remake as no one can deliver lines quite like John Wayne, but pertinent to this newsletter was another quote that was always stuck a note with me:
“I was born game and I intend to go out that way”
In past Newsletters, I have written about the skills your children will need to accomplish successful, future professional lives – teamwork, communication skills, creativity, etc., as well as universal, traditional, oft-forgotten, life-learnt lessons, mentioned by the World Economic Forum: make time for self-care; stop rushing; speak up, speak out; be curious; be kind and fair; and, don’t treat suffering as the enemy.
But, if there is just one trait that should be considered fundamental to any success, it’s ‘Grit’ – the power of passion and perseverance (Angela Duckworth, 2016). The concept that outstanding achievement, and, perhaps, to be satisfied with one’s lot in life, is not intrinsic, native talent, but simply a combination of passion for the things one loves to do, and the perseverance to continue down your chosen pathway.
So, following the sentiment of John Wayne, even when you are travelling backwards, you are still looking forward.
Be game; don’t sit on the sidelines in safety and comfort, but strive constantly to be in the arena where the real games are being played.
Back in the early seventies, when I was still at school (just), a social revolution was underway that was to transform society in so many different ways. San Francisco was at the heart of this social evolution; songs were published, books written that captured the age, typified by the generational anthem by Scott McKenzie, 1967, […]
Among the many articles that I read this month, a few have resonated with me because they applied to education and how students learn. The first was a book on sleep, referenced in an article in the Guardian newspaper that that was published a few weeks ago: Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker review – […]
We are constantly reminded, as I remind you, that things are changing, and changing fast. But if one reflects, this really has always been the case. Back in 1964, before most of you were born, Bob Dylan wrote a song entitled, ‘Times they are a-changing’. The words ring true today: Come gather ’round people Wherever […]
Last week we reported to the community the feedback from the Parent Survey that was undertaken at the end of the last academic year. As with last year’s survey, the participation rate was marvelous and I would like to thank all of you who contributed your thoughts and comments. Such feedback is very important for […]
The more I read and witness the rapid changes that are evolving around us, I am convinced that ‘average’ will not get anyone very far in life. In a recent article, the Financial Times reporting on the boom in robotics investment in 2015 (http://on.ft.com/26NvonM) made it clear that manufacturing is increasingly, indeed almost exponentially, becoming […]
The world around us is changing rapidly, almost too quickly for my liking, but those who stand still will be left behind as we track towards the future. The current campus has not really changed in the past sixteen years, whilst the world has. For our students to thrive and succeed, we will embrace change, […]
About a year ago I wrote something on free speech, that was published, if I remember correctly, in ‘The Underground’, but it seems to have gone largely unheeded. So without succumbing to the temptation of repeating myself, I will state my thoughts in a wider context and perhaps be rather more explicit in my expectations. […]
As we plan to improve and change our educational offerings the key to any vision of the future lies in our ability to predict what knowledge, skills and concepts will be needed by coming generations of students. I am firmly of the belief, from what I read and understand of our world changing, at a […]