Non Sibi Reprise

The topic of leadership has come up quite a bit lately. From news articles in the New York Times or topics related in the educational magazine The International Educator (TIE) and of course during conversations with parents and students. Colleges and universities have helped promote this buzz surrounding the idea of Leadership recently but as is suggested by the articles and my conversations, it seems the concept of leadership has been skewed and lost in translation. But I will ask you to read one more article from Frank Bruni called It’s OK.

As an educator over the last thirty …

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Non Sibi

When I was asked to write an article about Non Sibi, Latin for Not For Self, my first reaction was that it was impossible. Everyone, in one form or another is really out for him or herself. Now that may seem crass and overly critical, but in some ways it is really true, but not entirely. In many ways culture has moved to the more materialistic than the altruistic of our base nature. Again, a gross generalization, but when I initially thought about the question – I was hard pressed to think of it seriously. But then I received a …

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Developing Curiosity – Intellectually

In previous posts, the topic of Intellectual Curiosity has been mentioned and there is no question this is one of the areas most people may be confused about when it comes to the intricacies of thinking how to effectively engage the breadth of what this may mean.

There are many ways of defining Intellectual Curiosity but for the purposes of this article let’s talk about how to go above and beyond the academic perspective. There is no question that what happens in the classroom is engaging and pertinent. But all to often students see the assignments, lectures and projects as the …

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Rankings – A Joke or Not

So that is kind of like the Hamlet’s “To be or not to be?” But it does not have to be the question in terms of what Hamlet was contemplating – to live or die. Yet, there are times when it feels, based on conversations I have had with students and their parents that when it comes to school lists – boarding or college, To rank is to “Be,” to not rank is to “Die.” Over the last couple of years, writing for this Blog it should be apparent that, from my perspective ranking in no way represents the quality …

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The Understated Value of Liberal Arts Degrees

Over the last couple of weeks there have been several articles related to how people view Liberal Arts (LA) programs. For the most part, information related to these programs has been fraught with skepticism and concern. However, as more and more students seek education in the US, whether for boarding school or college, understanding the fundamental value of Liberal Arts is a must. And, while there is overwhelming evidence that a LA degree has significant value, there is more and more pressure on students to focus on professional degrees, mostly from parents. The evidence exists and here is a few …

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