Head of School's Corner

Edit Weekly Message from Head of School 2018/12/10 - 2018/12/16

Last week, I made mention of a book called Top Dog, and shared with you a few simple insights contained in it, along with some of my thoughts emanating from it. This week, I want to reflect on the saga of a 5-year old boy, identified only as ‘Chen’, whom I shall refer to as ‘top puppy’. I do not mean to be unkind by using this nickname, and it may even be the case that this young lad does not really exist and is a fiction. However, my top puppy made headlines at the beginning of November, as some of you know, when his parents applied for him to join Grade 1 next year at The Starriver Bilingual School in Shanghai. His story seems to me to be an unusual and telling example of ‘maladaptive competitiveness’ gone crazy, on many levels.

Applications to schools, especially for Grade 1, do not usually generate vast publicity, and massive commentary on social media. But this one did. It was all because of the CV, or résumé, submitted with the application. This must have been written by an adult,…

Posted by Steven Liang on Friday December 14 at 10:01AM
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Malcolm McKenzie

Malcolm McKenzie is the Founding Head of School of Keystone Academy. He grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and studied at the Universities of Cape Town, Oxford, and Lancaster.

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