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The Cost

In 2012, two huge new facilities opened in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Last week, I visited both of them. In the Abdoun district of Amman sits the Taj Lifestyle Centre, “the ultimate destination for shopping, dining and entertainment in … Continue reading

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Westgate.

I’ve spent the whole week wanting to name-drop Westgate mall, and I don’t know why. I’ve wanted to let people know that my jeans, my hoodie, my three functioning pairs of trainers, the ‘bunny suicides’ postcards on my classroom wall, … Continue reading

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A Vision of Hell

Yesterday, a genuine Vision of Hell. Orwellian, Wall-Ean, it was a glimpse of what might happen if we let it, what the future could look like if idiocy wins. LaGuardia airport, Terminal D. Every chair and table in Delta’s entire … Continue reading

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Thinking and Acting

Yesterday in New York, we met a friend for lunch. She’s a brilliant actress, and at one point we got to discussing creativity, emotion, control and socialization (we’re crazy like that!). I conjectured that people operate on a scale. At … Continue reading

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Checks and Balance

We depart on time, arrive on time, cross from Stansted to Gatwick and everything’s just fine. Lorena’s travelling on a new passport from her new country, Chile, which raises an eyebrow and a question or two at immigration but nothing … Continue reading

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A Dilemma

There’s a kids book, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, in which all of society takes a pill, every day. It takes away all of their emotions, because it’s ‘safer’ not to have them. In the novel the protagonist, Jonas, realizes … Continue reading

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What Curriculum Studies can tell us about the IB Diploma Programme

Though the field of curriculum studies is relatively young, curriculum is an ancient concept (Egan, 2003 in Corrigan & Ng-A-Fook, 2012). The word itself comes from the Latin currere, which means to run (Goodson, 1995, p.25). Despite this historic root – or … Continue reading

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