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Picasso the Brand

Last weekend I visited the Guggenheim for the exhibit Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History. As the paintings were arranged thematically, rather than chronologically, is was possible to see connections and influences in a more direct way. […] 

A Rising Tide

They say that a rising tide gathers no moss. Or is that the rolling stone? Anyway – if that rising tide keeps rising, what happens to boats firmly moored and anchored to the harbor bed?          

Spam and the Middle Ages

Several recent news stories have bemoaned what every email user already knows – spam is on the march and filling up the inbox. There is a spam arms race going on and the spammers are currently winning. “It will only […] 

The single sex fad

It’s good to see some counter viewpoints to the recent spate of publicity promoting single-sex education as the panacea for what ails education and schooling. This short piece from Slate raises the good questions about some of the support for […] 

“All others bring data”

I am old enough to remain in awe of the connectivity of the internet. It reminds me of the excitement I felt as a child – tuning into the world on the family wireless shortwave band – music from North […] 

The hole in the wall

I learnt to use paint, calculator, see various places through the Internet, solve puzzles, play games, listen interesting sounds and songs. (T.R. Ravi, age 12, Kalludevanahalli kiosk, Karnataka, India) Back at the dawn of time (well, 1993) Seymour Papert* named […] 

Creativity: Part Two “I’m drawing God”

A child was working diligently on a drawing in art class. The teacher asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Without missing a […] 

Creativity: Part One

Creative Societies need Creative People. If the thinkers and business people like Daniel Pink and Tom Peters have it right then the key attributes for success in the future are the ability to learn and relearn, and the ability to […] 

The PDS Podcast

Listen in to the life of the school.   Subscribe to the PDS Podcast series. In this episode: The first All-School Activity School photos Re-cycling in the 3/4’s class Halloween The PDS Podcast  

The All-School Thanksgiving Feast

The kindergarten made decorations and the lower school brought fruit and snacks. The Middle School brought dessert and did the cleaning up. The Upper School brought the sandwich makings, served and led the way. The weather was brisk. Sydereal sang. […] 


Would you rather have supper in a castle, breakfast in a balloon, or tea on the river? John Burningham We do best, and engage most readily in, that which we experience as freely chosen. Margaret Donalson At PDS we build […] 

With the kindergarten – Patterns to Pixies

The kindergarten invited me to their classrooms to see their Pattern Museum. It was wonderful to see their hard work and ingenuity on display. They had found patterns everywhere and created many more of their own. And then – they […] 

Welcome to My Blog

Blog -a modern portmanteau* word breakfast plus lunch= brunch smoke plus fog = smog web plus log = blog Humpty Dumpty explains it all to Alice: “Well, “slithy” means “lithe and slimy.” “Lithe” is the same as “active.” You see […] 

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