End of the year thoughts

Three nights ago ASB hosted our annual 8th Grade Ceremony. This event symbolizes the “Closing of Middle School,” and the “Beginning of High School,” for our students. The evening showcased two student hosts, and two class speakers. Sitting in the audience, watching and listening to these four fourteen-year-old ‘kids’ (with … Continue reading

Teaching our Children to Make Decisions

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh?’ he whispered. ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’” The character of Piglet, in A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Poo, has a very clear idea (as clear an idea as Piglet can have) of who and … Continue reading

Analyzing Amy Chua’s “The Triple Package”

I remember a little over a year ago, the many faces of social media (not to mention TV and good ole’ fashion newspapers) were a-buzz with commentary about Amy Chua’s new book. Chua is the Yale professor, and Chinese American, who gained notoriety in 2011 with her book, Battle Hymn … Continue reading

Remembering Madhu, Madiba and Goodness

I went to sleep last night with two deaths on my mind. The deaths of Madhu and Madiba. Madhu was an ASB Alum. Madiba was the Father of a Nation. “I still cannot believe that my dear ex-student Madhu was murdered,” wrote a former ASB teacher on Facebook last night. … Continue reading

A Recipe For “The Right Stuff”

Last June, fourteen of our 4th and 5th graders participated in a course offered by the Center for Talented Youth called “The Right Stuff.” One of their assignments asked this of them: Now that you’ve read about these inventors and dreamers who had “the right stuff” write a recipe for what you think “the … Continue reading

What I Learned From Writing a Speech

Originally published on May 26, 2013. The American School of Bombay’s High School graduation ended a few hours ago. Today, thirty-seven of our seniors walked across the stage and received their High School diplomas. As you can imagine, there was plenty of joy and cheer, rivers of tears, and hundreds … Continue reading

10 Things I Wish I Knew When I was 15

In my opinion, any conversation beginning with “…I’m reading this book…” is going to be a good conversation. After all, personal references from people who know you are by far the most sure-fire way to expand your reading pleasure. “Craig, I’m reading this book that you would love,” said my … Continue reading

Asking Questions That Matter

Last week I had the privilege of being a guest speaker in our 5th grade. I was there to talk about “Questions.” In their email, the teachers instructed me to “…come in and chat about ‘Posing Questions that Matter’ in regards to data collection. For example, why do some questions make … Continue reading

The Internet & Adaptive Online Learning

Originally published on  January 26, 2013. Five days ago I was told by a technology-futurist that I’m not the only one who has difficulty selecting one single thought to share. “My research,” he stated, “concludes that the task of a person ‘selecting something’ is becoming more difficult on all fronts.” … Continue reading

Tragedy in Newton

Originally published on December 16, 2012 “Why?” That’s what our children are asking us today. Why did a 20 year-old boy walk into a peaceful elementary school, in Newtown Connecticut, and kill 30 people? According to Renee Burns, a teacher in Newtown, “Stuff like this doesn’t happen in Newtown.” But … Continue reading