Voluntary vs Mandatory

"It is the sin of the soul to force young people into opinions - indoctrination is of the devil - but is culpable neglect not to impel young people into experiences." Kurt Hahn I'm sure that you'll always find students who will question why is CAS, and especially service, compulsory in the DP. The question of whether a service program should be mandatory or voluntary is, according to Samuel Halperin - the director of the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. "....a ...

The u-turn

Last week I read an obituary for Christopher Koch the author of The Year of Living Dangerously. Koch’s novel was one of my favorite and frequently used reference books when I was teaching Indonesian history in high schools in Australia. Koch also wrote the first draft screenplay for the award-winning movie with the same title and which featured Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hunt in the lead roles The hero of that story was apparently loosely based on the life and ...