Bay Farm Blog
During the National Association of Independent School’s Annual Conference in Atlanta last week, I had the opportunity to listen to an engaging talk titled, “Beyond Smartness: Leading Wisely in a Conscious Society”. The speaker, Navi Radjou, has written a few books and given a very popular Ted Talk about frugal innovation and creative problem solving. Navi provided some very strong arguments that, above all else, we should be teaching our children how to be wise.
The roar of this weekend’s nor’easter makes a strong argument that March is coming in like a lion. I started this letter on Thursday sitting in my office watching joyful ELII students play soccer on the playground. The sun was shining; winter coats were cast aside relegated to marking the goal posts. It really did look like spring. Fast forward to Sunday evening, most of our community is reeling from a weekend without electricity and serious property damage. I hope that everyone is safe as we move into another week of unpredictable weather.
Turn on the TV, get on social media, or listen to the radio, and it is hard to escape the negativity. We are bombarded with stories of hate and tragedy daily. Our leaders have normalized unkind and uncivil behavior. Disrespecting people’s bodies, beliefs, cultures, values, and perspectives are being rewarded. It is easy to see that what we used to refer to as “common kindness” seems less common. In the face of all of this, it is essential that we promote kindness at every level in our schools.
Skiing Is Believing
I’m a big fan of the Olympics. This winter, I watched as a small country claimed 39 total metals, 14 of which were Gold. Norway has one of the smallest teams in the competition with a population of only about 5 million from which to build a ski team. Compare that to the 120 plus million people in Russia or the 300 plus population in the US. How is it that such a small country can pull of winning the Olympics outright?