We will lead not merely by the example of our power, but by the power of our examplePresident Biden, inauguration speech at The Capitol, 20th January 2021. There have been many surreal moments over the last year in the lifespan of this pandemic. Sometimes, it feels as if we are barely holding on with our… Continue reading Perspective and agency for now; any potential paradigm shifts are for later.
All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses Walt Whitman It took a very cold, wintery, foggy morning in early January, walking around an icy field and through a small woodland copse, near my home in Bristol with my dog Dylan, to finally allow my mind to wander and have real time to reflect over the… Continue reading Resolutions for 2021? Take a daily walk
Children are the priority. Change is the reality. Collaboration is the strategy”. Judith Billings, Superintendent of Schools, Washngton State. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decision”.Stephen R Covey. There are two recent stand out moments for me this month regarding leadership, especially moral and values based leadership. The… Continue reading The leadership we need for our school communities now.
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tideHenry Wadsworth Longfellow Since I returned to Moldova on the 16th August, starting in earnest the preparations for what we all knew would be like no other academic year, there have been two distinct moments of complete relaxation where my thinking switched only to time, moment, place.… Continue reading The myth of ‘Covid secure’ and other gobbledygook starting a new academic year.
Nobody has a clue what the World will look like in 5 years' time. And yet, we’re meant to be educating children for it."Sir Ken Robinson There have been a number of Ken Robinson quotes rolling around my head this summer: from his “schools kill creativity” to “imagination is the source of human achievement”. One… Continue reading Finding hope in education as we prepare to return to a new academic year
Reflections on the first half of 2020 and other pandemic axioms. One of my favourite memes for 2020 is Marty and Doc Brown standing beside the crashed DeLorean with Doc telling Marty he shouldn’t have set it for 2020. My other one is the sign outside the bookshop saying 2020 written by Stephen King and… Continue reading We are all in the same storm, but not in the same vessel.
8th May The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk. Hegel "Congratulations, dear Robert!!! It is a really very very important activity the job your school is doing for our young generation, Thank you very much for such investment in our generation of new citizens, citizens of the future of the Moldova state. This is a very… Continue reading We made it and we are still here thanks to our whole school community; Hope, speranţă, надежда
In the unprecedented times we find ourselves, this month's blog is presented in a different format: a podcast. A transcript will follow shortly. My entire focus for the past three weeks has been on readying my school community for the realities of what has now become a global pandemic: Covid-19 is a now familiar term… Continue reading More Teacher Talk – COVID-19 and a response from school leadership: carry the flame and defend the weak, with Robert Ford
My new neighbourhood There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.Mahatma gandhi Eu cred in Moldova. Thierry Ernst, French born, Moldovan cheesemaker in Horodiste, Moldova Anna Akhmatova’s poem “The Guest” was being read on… Continue reading An International School in Moldova – first impressions.
“That one is never ready for the next step in life’s journey, we learn what we need to know from the road itself” Anon Hi Rob, …wanted to quickly let you know while I’m out here I’ve been seconded for a few weeks by the FCO to the UK mission to the UN in New… Continue reading They think it’s Moldova, it is now…new beginnings and new blog