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July 3, 2020

My regular update to families.  I'm finally posting them to this blog.  Here's the latest.

Dear Families,

I hope you've had a good week.  Some updates from around the globe:

1. Update on student fees, UK, 2021 and beyond: As we somewhat suspected, it has been confirm...

June 23, 2020

I took a wild hiatus from writing.  I think it's a mix of needing change (taking Chinese and meditation courses) and also the very real fact that all of the themes I have written about in the past stay very true in the present.  This is what I actually like about this...

March 21, 2019


We ask them the wrong questions. We show them that happiness is in a brand. That happiness is a checklist.  This all relates to how the admissions process is executed and whether students have the opportunity--as they should--to grow from it, instead of suffering thro...

March 20, 2019

None of this is a surprise.  Humans have always tried to beat the system, trying to find an easy way in (or out) of a difficult process.  (Think Lance Armstrong.) Rich and entitled humans have always tried to buy their way into (or out of) a meritocity.  (Think our Pre...

March 19, 2019

We’ve been reading loads of articles in the past week-- including this one from the NYTimes --about the overly involved--sometimes referred to as “snowplow”--parent in adolescents’ lives.  I work with parents of this cohort everyday and see the effects--or not--firstha...

March 13, 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

It's been an interesting morning that I hadn't expected but as I process and read am feeling positive.  If you have not read yet, the US Department of Justice has indicted parents, counselors, and coaches in a massive scandal for buying their...

March 6, 2019

This topic, very on-point and one of discussion throughout international higher education--from the US and Canada to Europe and over here in Asia and Australia and New Zealand--is hardly easily evaluated by us, the consumer.  The data is not readily accessible and even...

January 18, 2019

I hear this often. 

I ask: "Tell me how you ended up attending secondary school in X country?"

"Well, we/my parents thought that the education system is better in X country than in my home/Y country and would be viewed more favourably by admissions when I apply to univer...

September 21, 2018

It’s application season which means it’s one of the most important opportunities in a young adult’s life to show who they truly are.

What??

That's right.  *One of the most important opportunities in a young adult's life to show who they truly are.*

Yet, how many stud...

June 11, 2018

Same setting as Part 1.  I’m talking with my graduating seniors and their families when a parent tells me his youngest is getting a lot of push-back from his international school on his IB package and subject choices.  He will start the IBDP--a two-year curriculum--aft...

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