Tag: 2016

Happy New Year 1917

A few images from a century ago to wish everyone the very best for 1917. War is lurking!  This Reading (Pennsylvania) Times cartoon sees the threat of war lurking ahead. The US entered the war in April.  

Two Cheers for Diversity and the Unfinished Work of America: Stronger Together

The NAIS Annual People Of Color Conference opens this week in Atlanta. It will draw independent educators from across the country. They will gather in groups small and large; renew friendships and make new connections; listen to speakers and attend, participate in, […] 

From Rage And Grief To Action: What We Need To Do Now

Guest Post by Susan Scheid Writing in the Washington Post today, Fareed Zakaria weighs in once again, as many already have, on “what went wrong.” His solution? “Democrats need to focus on the gut, not the head.” Zakaria is often […] 

The Great Unleaving: When Life Throws Rhubarb on your Custard

I left full-time employment at the end of June with a grand plan of doing nothing. After 45 years in education it seemed only reasonable. The send-off was great, people were kind and generous and the summer was ahead. I […] 

Degenerate Art and the New Regime in Washington

There’s a great exhibit on at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC:  Max Beckmann in New York It highlights Max Beckmann (1884–1950) connections with New York City and includes works from his time living in New York as well as […] 

Pandora and Her New Box

This 1809 cartoon by the political caricaturist James Gillray is in the National Portrait Gallery. London. It is entitled Pandora Opening her Box. It depicts spokesperson Kellyanne Conway letting loose all the evils of the world as proposed by the […] 

Stronger Together

On #VeteransDay #ArmisticeDay #RemembranceDay it is wise to reflect on what we fought and defeated in WW2. Trumpism is what we defeated then and must now defeat again.  

An Election Season Briefing: Cultivating Optimism as a Habit of Mind

Earlier today, a friend posted on Facebook an article by Charlie Pierce, “This Thing Is Nowhere Near Over,” which sent me down a trail of my own thoughts about where this election is headed, and needs to head, right now. […] 

Why Newsweek’s story on Trump’s worldwide financial dealings is THE story of this election, and how to give it legs

As I know a number of us are, I’m concerned not only by the lack of media coverage of the Newsweek story, “How the Trump Organization’s Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security,” but also by how little interest […] 

The future happens very slowly and then all at once

My title line is from Kevin Kelly whose new book The Inevitable is about the deep trends in the next 20 years that will shape our lives. And a little reflection helps us understand that truth. The future happens very slowly and […] 

Election Update: Landslides and Reality, Cynicism and Hope

I: LANDSLIDES AND REALITY WHY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NEEDS TO DISAPPEAR. Ron Reagan, Jr., recently offered, as clearly and succinctly as anyone, why the Republican Party, as currently constituted, needs to disappear. We have a two-party system in this country. […] 

Without Empathy There Is No Leadership: “All America Felt My Pain.”

“You Have Sacrificed Nothing” Grieving father Khizr Khan said four simple words:  “You have sacrificed nothing”. It was one of those moments of astonishing clarity. A father grieving over the loss of his son – and speaking without notes or […] 

“So you want to be a head of school ….” Communication

I’ve been asked on occasion to add my two cents on a panel at the NYSAIS conference for assistant heads and division directors in a session they call “So, you want to be a head.” My participation has more to […] 

Mourning A True Friend and Champion

Poughkeepsie Day School lost a true friend and champion on June 23rd with the death of trustee Valery Einhorn. Below are the remarks I made at her memorial service at the invitation of the Einhorn family. I spoke on behalf […] 

The Compass Point – Time to Re-Wire, Time to Re-Name

Those ever-attentive to such details may have noticed that this blog has a new title. Sort of. I started this blog when I became head of school. At that time I rather foolishly assumed that it would have a small […] 

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