“Intimate” discussions with George

The published and forthcoming posts on George Whitfield in this blog — and many of those on other aspects of life at Hampton Grammar School — document the removal of one of the strands of cloth used in my own educational mummification. It is a narrow band that I am particularly happy to now see waving in the wind, and I’ve attached it as a tail to the high-dancing kite that is my life. Read More

A New Year question: What does “Do your best mean?”

With these simple understandings at the heart of any family or any curriculum we can create the kind of world that we want. It really is simple. Read More

Graduate level laughter

Knowing how to and feeling free to respond to people as individuals first, students of a particular field second, seems to me to be the essence of a holistic approach to education. Read More

“A lump of shit floating down the river”

This blog is gaining momentum, but at a pace that belies the flood of memories and creative ideas that the pleasure of self-expression in this medium has unleashed. Speaking of floods, I’ll talk in another post about how my 14-year-old hands steered the Hampton Junior Colts eight to what could have been a fatal disaster on… Read More

The good-hearted majority

I stumbled across an email I wrote to a friend in Oxford following the big earthquake of 2011. She, like many other friends overseas, was anxious to know how things were for us in Tokyo. Read More

Boundaries? Awesome!

Thinking out of the box — That’s far out! “Awesome,” used as a friendly term of approval for almost anything, is a word I hear a lot from young Americans.  In the seventies many of us used the expression “far out” in a similar way. Both expressions wormed their way into the language of young people… Read More