Why private schools SHOULD accept crypto as payment…

By Dr Patrick Lee (views are the author’s own)

Schools accept tuition payments in many different forms: cash, direct deposit, bank transfer, PayPal, credit and debit cards.

Some even accept Apple Pay, Google Pay and the like.

Maybe some of these methods of payment are not the school owner’s preference, incurring bank and administrative charge, but, in an economic downturn, getting a payment is always better than not getting a payment.

During this pandemic, many schools have experienced a decline in enrolment, tuition payment defaults, or delays in tuition payment. All this…

And the implications for international education (By Dr Stephen Whitehead)

by Dr Stephen Whitehead (views are Author’s own)

Thirty years. Just one generation. And it was all over.

Will we look back on the early 21st century with acute nostalgia, fondly recalling that rich and wonderful, though ultimately brief flowering of globalisation? Indeed, will our descendants be completely nonplussed that we had such a flower in our grasp and then allowed it to wither to nothing?

It is entirely possible that we have seen the end of globalisation, at least as we experienced it from, say, 1990 to 2020.

A great number of your students graduating this year who expect…

What Next For International Education?

It’s a dangerous business making predictions. Especially in a public forum such as Medium.

Look back in a year or two on the predictions and, what today seems radical, may be tomorrow’s cliché.

“Of course we were headed in that direction, it was obvious”.

Hindsight is always 20:20.

Or, the predications are so wrong, the eventual direction of travel so different, that one is seen as out of touch: “What was he thinking!?”

At the risk then of fingers pointed in the direction of exceptions, mistakes, and omissions, I offer a few thoughts on ‘What…

This article is the part of a series examining popular business concepts as they (might) apply to schools. This piece has a particular focus on marketing. Should strategy be led by the school (the ‘product’) or by the parents (the ‘market’)?

Before deciding on marketing activities, schools (and businesses) must make choices about marketing strategy.

At a very broad level, this involves considering the balance between focusing on the school’s current offering, a product/asset-orientated approach, or the parents, a market-orientated approach.


For most schools, the starting point for marketing activities are its ‘assets’ — the school’s brand, location, the quality…

By Dr Stephen Whitehead (view’s are author’s own)

If you have any doubts about the continuing tensions over gender and sexuality in schools, look no further than the recent dismissal of Will Knowland, English teacher at Eton College.

In what quickly fired up into a heated and very public debate about free speech, independent thinking, intellectual freedom, but for some at Eton was a direct kickback against “so-called progressive ideology at the school”, the dismissal of Knowland exposed fundamental tensions within Eton College over gender identity, and specifically, male identity.

As such events are nowadays prone to do, Knowland’s dismissal…

Teaching is deeply rewarding.

It’s also a job that never ends. You can always do more, and there is always more to be done. There is always the next class to teach. There is always another meeting to attend. There is always more marking — so, so much marking.

The school day is relentless.

Unlike the corporate world, schools march to the beats of a bell, a buzzer or, for a lucky few, to the soft chimes of a campus clocktower. Distinct from many other professionals, teachers have little control over what they do and when. Every hour is a…

Are you an ‘Accidental Teacher’, a ‘Lifestyle Teacher’ or an ‘Idealist’. Perhaps you are a ‘Newbie’ or one of the ‘Curious’.

Well, in this EDDi you can find out.

Our Lead Writer, Dr Stephen Whitehead, outlines three recent pieces of research which deal with teacher ‘types’. If you are an international schoolteacher you may well find yourself listed and examined in one of the summaries.

Read below to discover your ‘type’.

By Dr Stephen M. Whitehead

There are a number of words which arguably define the early 21st century. For example, covid, globalisation, MeToo, popularism, global warming, toxic.

The numbers speak for themselves: Between 2010 and 2020 some 9,000 new international schools opened their doors.

What is fueling this growth?

Two powerful forces: globalisation and government policy.

Globalisation has created the demand and necessity for international education; one delivered predominantly (though not exclusively), in English. Growth of the global middle classes has increased parent’s ability to pay for such an education.

In turn, government policy has created an environment where that demand is being filled by privately-owned international schools. As with many public services, delivery of education has increasingly shifted towards the private sector; businesses, rather than governments, now provide many essential services. …

The combined impact and influence of imperialism, colonialism, neo-liberalism and globalisation

By Dr Stephen Whitehead


  • The forces of imperialism, colonialism, neo-liberalism and globalisation have been an integral in shaping Vietnamese education.
  • Due to suffering from multiple imperial and colonial powers, Vietnamese education is a complex hybrid of local and international influences.
  • The summarised paper shows how local dimensions blend with internationalisation through outbound academic mobility, institutional mobility, model borrowing, and curriculum importation.

My two decades of close association with South East Asia have proved the most fascinating and illuminating decades of my life, with each ASEAN country casting its own unique spell upon my psyche.

The Thai spell caused me to fall in love with that country.

But the spell which caused me the most personal reflection, and confusion, was the one cast by Vietnam.

If you are a Westerner of a certain age…

At the start of 2020, international schools were looking down the barrel of a teacher shortage, with schools hiring earlier and earlier and paying more and more.

The demand for teachers in certain regions was almost insatiable.

Today, all that has disappeared. The rules of international school recruitment have changed.

In this informative interview, Diane discusses:

• the new teacher recruitment marketplace;

• the ways in which international schools are responding to the Covid-19 crisis;

• how new and experienced teachers can best protect their career journey;

• what international schools are now looking for when hiring teachers;

• and…

Dr Denry Machin

Educationalist. Writer. Sharing (hopefully wise) words on school leadership and management.

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