“There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less.” These words by Kurt Hahn, founder of two Round Square schools, relate to the theme of this year’s Round Square International Conference, ‘Bring your Difference’. The event was held at Appleby College’s beautiful Oakville campus. Over 400 students from 40 countries met on the shores of Lake Ontario in order to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime leadership opportunity.
Talking to someone who’s actually in space? What? That’s what some lucky schoolkids, including us, got to do on Friday, September 21st, when we chatted with ISS Commander, Drew Feustel only two weeks before he returns to Earth after spending half-a-year in low-Earth orbit.
In 2016 they interviewed Jessica Lahey, the author of The Gift of Failure and I particularly enjoyed this episode. I thought she offered an interesting perspective on failure—a popular topic in educational circles these days. She believes that her aim, as a teacher, is to help kids feel the consequences of their mistakes, adapt in a healthy way to those mistakes, and move forward.