. Like light From darkness . Education Changes the mind . Moving from folly To wisdom . Teaching us To be kind .
Education – genuine, deep-thinking learning – changes the mind. Many people seem to have lost sight of this fundamental point: education is expected to drive social mobility (it can sometimes), cure social ills (it can help sometimes) and perform all sorts of other roles. But I went into education because of my personal experience of,... Continue Reading →
Mystery is at the heart of education. What makes and really matters about a human being? What is the meaning and purpose to every human life? Too often we assume we all agree about answers to these questions, when perhaps none of us has thought about them deeply enough. If we don’t know what makes... Continue Reading →
It is my belief that love is at the heart of education and of leadership. Love, meaning care for the other - care for their wellbeing, care for their future, care for their development, care for their education. Children rarely develop healthily without love. Without love, their spirits are damaged, as are their mental and... Continue Reading →
. I hear their screams and laughter On a quiet April day . Those who will inherit the earth Happily at play . And who can say What will become of them . When we have passed Away? .
I'm a great fan of Stephen Covey, and my Rule No.7 owes much to his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which outlines principles that have the best outcomes for living and working. For example, the following are part of his "Seven Habits": Be proactiveBegin with the end in mindFirst Things First If... Continue Reading →
To educate, and to lead, are both about the future. We look at the present reality, we imagine a future reality, and we plan strategically how to get from A to B. There are two essential components here: Firstly, the so-called Stockdale Paradox: "You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which... Continue Reading →
It's easy in teaching and in leadership to lose perspective. Issues can loom large, preoccupy us, follow us home, haunt our dreams and spoil our time off...So how do we balance our being? I developed a little reminder to myself - grow, develop strengths, seek for meaning, be enriched by life, be aware of your... Continue Reading →
How can we make wellbeing the wellspring of our living as educators? We all come across those who struggle with wellbeing - whether it's children, teachers, parents, middle leaders or senior leaders. And we can all help each other by explicitly teaching wellbeing, talking about it and creating the right kind of culture in our... Continue Reading →
There is always something new to learn. I'm not just talking about professional development. Learning is also about wisdom. And it’s also about enriching your soul daily. There is some evidence that learning helps prevent stress and burnout (see an article here . This could involve: listening to new musicexploring news stories in greater detailreading... Continue Reading →