Hi Jon, I am the head of school at an international school in Madrid. I was in a grade 9 science class Thursday. I had donated a rotten log and some compost for them to explore. I was struck by how limited their experience with the natural world was.

We watched Most Likely to Succeed to start the school year. Teachers wondered about parent expectations, IB program expectations, they wondered how we could possibly afford to pay more attention to projects. I wonder how we can afford not to.

I quit school after three semesters and spent 20 years as a commercial fisherman, organic grower, and builder before getting into education. I started back at college in community colleges because it was what I could afford. These families and kids worry/stress/despair about top 10 and top 50 schools. I love your point that it doesn’t matter where you go, it matters what you can do and actually do. If you ever fancy a year overseas…….



Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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