Keep taking the red pills – embracing change in education

At the British School in the Netherlands’ conference yesterday, #BSNconf16, I alluded to the popular meme from the film, The Matrix. Take the blue pill and life continues as it always has – nothing changes. Take the red pill and face reality – embrace change. Blue pill, red pill? Education has to be a packet of red pills in order for it to continue to meet the changing needs of our children and young people. Luckily, in the British International education sector we get more opportunities to choose which red pills we take. The BSN has developed considerably since 1931 and continues to...

ik praat Nederlands – echt!

I’m 45, the CEO of The British School in The Netherlands (BSN) and I’m worried about my homework. My Dutch teacher takes her job seriously and will look let down if I don’t make an effort. She doesn’t want to look disappointed but I can always sense it. There is a fine history of Anglo-Dutch relations between corporations and in my family. My wife’s side of the family is Dutch and I had a pretty good grasp of gezelligheid before arriving in The Netherlands (this has in my experience always involved Indonesian food, drink and friendly, if somewhat frank, conversation). I...

That vision thing – Part III – “Learning {Re}imagined”

Graham Brown-Martin’s “Learning {Re}imagined” was the third and final book from my Easter 2015 reading project. I have reviewed Martin Robinson’s “Trivium 21c” here and Steve Wheeler’s “Learning with ‘e’s” here. I’m actually rather pleased with myself. The books were read in what I feel was the *right* order in terms of preparation for a significantly different role in global education as Principal of The British School in the Netherlands – but more of that in my next post. Brown-Martin’s book is an eye-opening representation of the famous quote from William Gibson: “The future is already here — it’s just not very...

That vision thing (part II) – Learning with ‘e’s

There will be little comfort for school leaders in this text – little ease from Wheeler’s punning title. If you read the book hoping to pluck a solution to your ed-tech angst, you will probably put it down with more questions than answers. And this is probably the point. The theoretical review within is urgent and valuable, as well as being about as contemporary as this meme can be. It’s a fine place to test your values and beliefs about the impact of ed-tech in 2015. The book was a unique experience – in a good way. I have never read a text that...