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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 – […]