I have worked in education for more than 25 years, trying to impart my love of modern and ancient languages, literature and philosophy to generations of pupils in various international settings. Contemplating ethical, educational and philosophical questions has always interested me, and debating them with so many young people over the years has been invigorating. Many of the columns and essays on this website draw from the experiences I could gather in some excellent and diverse schools around the globe.
To access individual blogs, please use the submenus. Blogs have been arranged into six topic areas. In the slideshow boxes at the bottom of this page you find brief summaries of their key ideas.
The latest blog has been added on 22 November 2020, after a rather long break from blogging! It deals with a few ethical and political questions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Feedback on any of my blogs can be sent here.
"Portrait of the Blogger as a Young Girl" (When children were absorbed in a book rather than glued to a screen)
ON EDUCATIONAL TOPICS
Unwittingly, we all look for evidence that confirms rather than challenges our preconceived ideas. Let us change this approach and work towards greater openness and greater academic and personal integrity and humility.
Probably summing up my educational philosophy: be firm rather than stern and combine high expectations and aspirations with some degree of flexibility in the application of rules.