Learning from Pioneer School Leaders

I’m currently reading Pamela Livingston’s 1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs that Work, which I think is excellent. I have to admit that I was skeptical because it seems almost impossible to write a book on such a complex and ever changing initiative. In the section of leadership Gary Stager wrote a piece on his experiences working with Australia’s Methodist Ladies College (MLC) in Melbourne during the 90s. He mentions that the Principal, David Loader, purposefully disrupted the status quo when promoting a move to a 1-to-1 laptop initiative by sending the message to parents that, “We love your children and the tuition that you send us, but frankly our school isn’t good enough.”

You have to hand it to him for his conviction and straightforward approach. I’m definitely going to use this quote in the future. You may want to keep it on file to use just at the right moment.

4 thoughts on “Learning from Pioneer School Leaders

  1. Hi Blair, thanks for mentioning the book. Feel free to email me (see in the identification) if you would like to discuss 1-to-1 at all. I am always happy to talk about this.

    Best regards,

  2. Hi Blair,

    It is nice to see that brutal honesty still exists in education and that is pays off to be candid.

    Best regards,


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