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.
And indeed it could be said that once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of plague was endedAlbert Camus I had hoped to read my book on the three hour journey back to the UK from Chisinau, but found myself on a very crowded plane, with various people still finding the concept… Continue reading What kind of World do we want?
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
Rob Ford at Radio Free Europe Studios This month represents a slightly different blog entry for me. I was asked by Radio Free Europe to contribute to one of their regular programmes giving insight into a week in my life as the Director of Heritage International School. I was asked to provide a biography and… Continue reading A week in the life of Heritage School
“Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity” Aristotle “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts” CS Lewis It wasn’t a coincidence that a few days after the 12th December, with BBC Radio 4 still in my ears, I went to the library… Continue reading Living in Truth and the Power of Powerless. How we shape the 2020s through education
Conkers - A glorious Autumn tradition “Life’s most persistent and urgent question, what are you doing for others?” Dr Martin Luther King jr “Alone, we can do so little; Together we can do so much” Helen Keller “A community is a group of people who agree to grow together” Simon Sinek It seemed to take… Continue reading Why do we build a community?
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