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Collaboration and competition

Eric Lowitt explains why your company should collaborate with rivals.

I’m proud to say that the independent schools of Augusta are already there.

Collaboration will define our future by helping us know ourselves through another’s eyes.

Forgive the tongue-in-cheek, but we will also find this important as individuals. 

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About the Islamic school in Texas

I recently read of an Islamic school’s efforts to join Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools for athletic competition.

I am struck that an association of schools who share a devotion to “Judeo-Christian values” are suspicious of the Islamic school’s motivation for joining their league.

How would the Nazarean carpenter manage this request? Would He see an opportunity to practice love? Would He see opportunity for, as He taught His followers to pray, God’s kingdom to come on earth?

None of us can answer this question with utter confidence.

I am certain those who sent the questions to the school regarding their request have the best of intentions. They even show a willingness to learn what they do not know, and to understand where they lack understanding.

I just can’t imagine that the Carpenter would have sent a questionnaire. He would seize the opportunity to open dialogue and relationship, and to share God’s love in a real, personal way with real, individual people He otherwise might have never known.

Mourning the tragedy in Jacksonville

I mourn today for our friends at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville.

I celebrate Dale Regan’s life – a life spent dedicated to her students – and, through her service, to schools and students she never knew. I pray she receives, as should every shepherd, “the crown of glory that will never fade away.

I pray a double portion of peace, love, and strength to those who continue her work.

Kindergarten Admissions

I believe the author of this recent NY Times article would agree that the battleground for college admissions should NOT begin in preschool.

From the article: “The process itself does little to favor restraint and often less to minimize the stress that is already so acute in a situation where supply is lavishly outpaced by demand. (For the current school year, at independent schools in New York City, there was a median of seven applications for each student who eventually enrolled.)”

My evil twin may have already hung a virtual shingle to assist struggling families with the process, including grief counseling during the aftermath.

Gates & Jobs on education

I found this passage while enjoying Walter Isaacson’s transcendant biography of Steve Jobs.

“[When they last met, near the end of Jobs’s life], Jobs asked [Gates] some questions about education, and Gates sketched out his vision of what schools in the future would be like, with students watching lectures and video lessons on their own while using the classroom time for discussions and problem solving. They agreed that computers had, so far, made surprisingly little impact on schools – far less than on other realms of society such as media and medicine and law. For that to change, Gates said, computers and mobile devices would have to focus on delivering more personalized lessons and providing motivational feedback.” (Kindle location 9507/12477. Emphasis added.)

Anthony Cody’s blog post, “Bill Gates’ Big Play,” adds further context to the scope of Gates’ plan and intentions.

If this teaching technique reminds you of the flipped classroom, you’re not alone.

My first question: what will teachers do with students refusing to do the pre-work to make the class time useful?

Are we ready?

Peter Bregman uses a kayak trip to illustrate the point of preparation and opportunity. (Don’t miss it – his story is much better than my commentary.)

First, we only have the opportunity at hand. Life’s unpredictabilities make this evident.

Second, we may evaluate preparedness through the question, “If this fails, what would “they” identify as the reason for failure?”

The immediate consequences are normally less for a classroom teacher than for kayakers in Prince William Sound. The long-term consequences remain to be measured.

King Arthur’s round table re-discovered

A pilgrimage for every aspiring Merlyn! http://bit.ly/9UeyTv

Silently leading

In How to Lead Without Saying a Word, John Baldoni reflects on Kevin Bacon’s portrayal of a powerful (and silent leader) in the HBO movie Taking Chance.

His poignant advice reminds us that such leaders, possessed of great purpose derived from a sense of core values, are not easily swayed from the principles guiding their lives.

Social networking counterpoint: don’t waste social media time

From this terrific interview with Ivan Misner (head of BNI.com), Karen E. Klein distilled some important ideas about how small businesses waste time with social media.

The key point appears to be “invest wisely when working with social media.” While evolution of social media technologies continues, we will continue to communicate via asynchronous – and community-driven – media. We will be wise – all of us – to learn efficiency in our social media practices.

Here’s a fine example. Beware: this link could lead to something that could consume your entire day for potentially dubious returns….or it could be the Next Big Thing for you.

Merlyn on Monday: Telling the Truth

Arthur: “Am I going to marry his [King Leodegrance] daughter?”
Merlyn: “Certainly. She is called Guenever.”
Arthur: “Look, Merlyn, I don’t like knowing about the future, and I am not sure whether I believe in it….”
Merlyn: “There are some things…which I have to tell you, whether you believe in them or not. The trouble is, I can’t help feeling there is one thing which I have forgotten to tell.”

—T.H. White, The Queen of Air and Darkness (from The Once and Future King)