Tinkering with the system won’t help reinvent the purpose of education

Jenny Connected

Recently I find myself drawn to the thoughts of three well-known thinkers – two current and one from times past; Iain McGilchrist, Sir Ken Robinson, and Étienne de La Boétie (best friend of Michel de Montaigne). The title of this talk was ‘Do schools kill creativity?’

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What did Socrates ever do for us?

Jenny Connected

There was so much discussion around the Apology that there was little time to discuss Plato and Aristotle, apart from a brief discussion about Raphael’s fresco, The School of Athens, which can be seen in the Vatican museums. ‘What did the Greeks ever do for us?’

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Carrot Cake

Jenny Connected

When I was eight years old I was sent to boarding school, a bit of a traumatic experience for any young child. One of the better memories of this four year experience was that each and every child in the school was given a small allotment plot in which we could grow whatever we wished.

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Revisiting Calcutta (now Kolkata) after 65 years

Jenny Connected

We were all grieving for India, and I, at the age of eight, was packed off to boarding school. am before school, and also spending Christmas Days there. As Anil Mukerji said, good and bad has been done on both sides and now the UK and India are friends.

2019 139

Stuck, (un)schooling and social, writing


There is a lot of discussions about schools in our house recently. We went to a democratic school last week and a friend from Russia is there with detailed reports about its inside working. Robert and Alexander are doing rounds of open days in secondary schools around us (yes, all options are open, as it was from the beginning :)) Our homeschooling group is meeting tomorrow to discuss new format of meetings after things went out of order last year.

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Walking away from facebook

Chris Corrigan

It tailors your news feed using algorithms to only serve you a very small slice of your friends’ activity. I had a hard time finding my people, but I was enjoying wishing friends a happy birthday and connecting with people from school, 30 years ago.

2019 93

Collaboration is the Hallmark of Community

How to Save the World

The world premiere concert was last night and played to a sold-out crowd, and it was a huge success for the works’ composer, my friend Brian Hoover. I haven’t performed music publicly since my high school days, and the rehearsals brought back some of my finest memories.

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