November 12, 2019

‘’Free thinkers have no attachment to anything’’.

 The statement, though said in a different context, got me thinking about why I do things every day that I find particularly hard, for example, why I am such a bad manager; I dislike dogma, so that made sense, I dislike...

April 27, 2018

Regret can be one of the most powerful emotional reminders that change, and growth is necessary. I have come to believe that regret is a kind of package deal: it is a function of empathy, a call to courage, and a path toward wisdom.

Like all emotions, regret can be used...

March 12, 2017

Nobody wants to be a “quitter.”


History is replete with really “cool” quitters!

Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Florence Nightingale and many other successful people have “quit” something out of conviction: more specifically, it was their conviction that their passi...

February 21, 2017

Stop! Stop? Just stop. Gather the correct tools first, then continue…

Learning does not come naturally for all students, some learners need to STOP along the way, gather the tools for learning and be shown how to use the tools effectively for optimum production, or more...

December 12, 2016

Teaching in systems

Twenty eight years ago, I was persuaded by my High School English teacher to teach English alongside her at a small independent school in Benoni. Not my dream job. Not my dream school. But, I could not have been happier: life was good at twenty-two.


November 12, 2016

What is a ’Boutique School’?

Quality should be one of the most valued standards in education. In a society that tends toward mass production and consumption, there are still those whose primary concern is content and authenticity. Such is the idea of ‘boutique schooling...

July 11, 2016

My Space

I have many conversations, with many different people on any one day. Each one, no matter how long or short, is sui generis despite the typical sameness of constructed day-to-day academic type questions that are asked and answered.

In a conversation with a mum t...

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