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Illusory Superiority

(catching up on LTP blog posts)   Lots of school owners say they run their schools to cater to the needs of their students.   In a survey in 1981, 93% of U.S. drivers rated themselves as having above-average driving skills. This is obviously impossible. It demonstrates illusory superiority and shows how irrational, even deluded, […]

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  (Catching up on LTP posts)   In 1960 in the article “Marketing Myopia” published by the Harvard Business Review, Ted Levitt wrote, “No one buys a quarter-inch drill bit because they need a quarter-inch drill bit. What they need is a quarter-inch hole. That’s what you should sell them.”   In 2018 in This is […]

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In August I took part in MOOSE – massive open online sessions – facilitated by Online Teaching Japan. OTJ arose as teachers organised to help each other to transition online during the COVID-enforced lockdown. It’s a great group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/603548090241536 This is the session I lead. (Video and document links below). Destroying Education Education is not […]

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  In my time in Japan as a school owner, we have seen several crises. The SARS epidemic, a massive drop in the market, the NOVA collapse, the Lehman shock, the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Fukushima and the fallout and, of course, many localised earthquakes, tsunami and floods.   Early this year, news of a […]

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  Leaving Cairns we headed a little further north and stayed at Port Douglas, then turned around and headed back down south, stopping off at beaches and flying kites, before arriving back in Sydney, and my old job at the CB Hotel. So much for the Never Again list.   Knowing it was only short […]

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  We put thoughts of anarchy and fears of violent intrusion behind us, got back on the bus and headed further up north.   Stopping off at Bundaberg, the Whitsundays, Magnetic Island, and a series of islands, landmarks and beautiful spots where Captain Cook and his crew must have passed, short on inspiration: Long Beach, […]

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    The warmest summer I ever spent was a winter in West End, Brisbane. Or so I wrote, paraphrasing Mark Twain for pretentious literary effect, on postcards back home.   At the beginning of July 1993, as the days drew short, the sun didn’t rise so far and fires had begun to be set […]

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  November 1992 saw me arrive in Sydney. I’d crossed the equator for the first time.   Once again I pounded the pavements. The results were much the same as in New York. I had no experience working in restaurants or cafés, and because I wasn’t an attractive, young female, it was difficult to get a […]

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  After the non-appearance of the A and R man at the Dog and Parrot and the decision not to swap one air-conditioned office for another, I saved as much money as I could from my temporary job as a data input clerk, a position also known at the time as a Man or Woman […]

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I ran out of money and had to curtail my trip to New York and the wider U.S.   I had imagined following in the steps of my sister and going down to Mexico, then possibly into Guatemala, Honduras and further on. I didn’t make it. I still haven’t made it.   Back in England, […]

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