Lessons From the New York Subway

During my recent visit to New York, I inevitably ended up travelling across town on the subway. As I entered the carriage I saw a guy with a guitar slung around his neck, just quietly strumming to himself, obviously rehearsing. Another guy sat across the carriage from me struck up a conversation with him. It […]

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We want better schools, but not better teachers…

Happy New Year from Sydney, Australia! I know it’s a bit late, especially in the digital age, where you receive sms-text messages and Facebook updates within 0.01 second of the first firework going off… but let me get in ahead of the crowd and wish you the best for Easter, Ramadan, Divali, Hanukkah or (enter your own […]

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Study Tour | Week 5 Wrap

So five weeks come to an end. It’s been a remarkable time in the UK, USA and Canada. Just this week I’ve had the opportunity to work with Tayyab Rashid in Toronto, and he is doing some very cool stuff with Signature Strengths in education. He works in a wide range of schools from the affluent […]

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Study Tour | Week 4 Wrap

Start spreading the news… I’m leaving today… I wanna be a part of it… New York… the city that never sleeps! Well I can assure you I slept! I had to be out of my Hotel in New Orleans at 4am to make my flight… before now I only aware of one 4 o’clock in the day! […]

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The Natural Disaster Nobody Sees

Below is an excerpt from an article I wrote, inspired by my time in New Orleans. It is obvious people go the extra mile to help those affected by a natural disaster. We only need to think of the global responses to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In January 2010, […]

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“We are the people, Sir”

As I battled with my N’Awlins BBQ shrimp, I’d been chatting to Bobby a 23-year-old former high-school footballer who worked behind the bar. We’d been talking about American sport and the college football and basketball systems when I asked what, with the benefit of hindsight, was a pretty clumsy question; “So, what happened to all […]

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Study Tour | Week 3 Wrap

“Would you mind if I included some of your work in my new book?” “I beg your pardon?” I replied. Again came the question… “Would you mind if I included some of your work in my new book? We’re taking it on a forty city tour of the States in March next year…” Dr John […]

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Study Tour | Week 2 Wrap

Antartic-like weather conditions, London traffic and a GPS navigation unit that appeared to have scant regard for road rules did little to detract from what has been a truly inspirational week for me. It proved to be a week of contrasts in terms of facilities, approaches and demographics, but the common theme that everyone I met […]

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Can we at least talk about it?

Well I certainly got what I asked for… and it has been a hectic few days! The last line of my Sydney Morning Herald article asked “Can we at least talk about it?” in reference to youth depression and suicide. The overwhelming majority of the feedback both at SMH and at Online Opinion was very […]

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Product Recall Announcement: Faulty Students

In a move likely to cause concern, several schools have issued a Product Recall for the students produced in the last 5-10 years. According to the schools, the students are missing key aspects of their educational development. A series of Sydney Morning Herald articles sparked the recall with rates of HSC students reporting psychological and […]

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