see i made a space for you now

It's been an incredible 48 hours, watching what's happened across the USA, as thousands have turned out to defy and protest against Donald Trump's executive order to ban citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the USA. There was chaos that ensued, and arguably there is a constitutional crisis…

deliberate discretion

“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion” - Thomas Jefferson…

doing better, being badass

It seems appropriate that these words I shared just over a week ago, are now made more poignant by the passing of Carrie Fisher. Not just because that post used the title of the film in which she seared herself upon our cultural memories, but because of all that she…

a new hope

My opening and closing remarks from the final assembly of 2016 at Thorndon School. Opening: Hey! I'm not giving up today There's nothing getting in my way And if you knock knock me over I will get back up again If something goes a little wrong Well you can go…

dealing with uncertainties

News this week, that China 'seizes US vessel' in South China sea. That article reminded me of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which led directly to the US escalation of military engagement in Vietnam. In reading through that Wikipedia entry I was struck by the tensions and similarities in the…

Outraged

Recently media narratives have placed the spotlight firmly on education, and in considering these stories, I was struck by this from Stuff, Cute Toy or Racist Relic? If you watch the video, you can almost sense the reporter wanting someone, anyone from the public to throw up their hands in…

you could miss it

I started this morning on the bus to work, in a Slack session, with some friends discussing buzzwords and edu memes. One of my friends nailed it by saying... "Maybe we need to embrace the buzzwords but ensure their use is critiqued and their meaning and origin understood/explored?" And…

On what we want, and what we need.

This Longform podcast featuring Kathryn Schulz is fascinating for a number of reasons. Not least because she unpacks the effort and the work behind her Pulitzer winning magazine article, The Really Big One. In the opening section, David Remnick, Schulz's boss and editor of the New Yorker poses the question…

The world is divided as we are all divided.

After the week that was, this weekend has been about whanau. Spent Saturday with the girls - took them to Te Papa, then played board games in the afternoon. As we prepped dinner, we listened to the Spotify playlist - “50 Great Female Vocalists”. Letting B & Z be introduced…

The lone and level sands stretch far away.

"It would be a stronger world, a stronger loving world to die in" - John Cale The finale of Alan Moore's seminal Watchmen has resonated over the last 48 hours. Reading of protests. Reading of students being called cotton pickers Reading of Russian fighters preparing to strike Syria Reading of…