September 24, 2019

In her book, Dignity, Donna Hicks, Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, uses evolutionary and behavioral psychology and her own experiences in international conflict resolution to examine the elemental importance of human dignity.  Dr. H...

September 6, 2019

Like many fans of the cult classic movie Robo Cop, I'm convinced that the tale, set in a fictive (sort of), just-pre-apocalyptic Detroit, foretells just about every American cultural shift since it was released in 1987.  I saw it that year, my senior year at the Univer...

April 3, 2019

I've created several versions of social media and communication policies for schools over the years and researched policies at other schools.  This piece is one I developed in my last several years of headship.  It's not so much policy as counseling.  One of the roles...

April 24, 2018

Like many educators, I've followed the Away for the Day movement with great interest.  Originated by Dr. Delaney Ruston, creator of the movie Screenagers, Away for the Day strives to make middle schools smart phone-free spaces.  It's a modest goal, frankly, as mou...

March 27, 2018

Several years ago, during my tenure as Head of Forsyth School,  I chose Jaron Lanier's book, You Are Not a Gadget, for our faculty and staff summer reading project.  In essay-like chapters, Lanier illuminates the vagaries of digital technology with the lights of psycho...

December 19, 2017

Theorists who track the potential uses for block chain technology, the digital underpinning of Bitcoin, contend that it could play an enormously disruptive role in education.  Block chain technology generates trust through a kind of super-transparency by creating an ed...

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