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January 19, 2017

90s Playlist

As those of you with Lower School children have probably noticed, we play music in the morning drop-off line most mornings. This has been a lot of fun for our kids; also, it has been an opportunity for some of our faculty members to showcase their tastes in music.

We recently went through the decades as Mrs. Newcombe prepared a 1970s playlist (a lot of disco, of course), and Mrs. Ladson shared some selections from the 1980s (plenty of upbeat songs to choose among). I assigned myself to prepare a playlist from the 1990s… This was a challenge.

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December 01, 2016

If I Could Make a New School Rule

My youngest son, Ben, will tell you that having his father as the Headmaster has a few advantages, but mostly disadvantages.

One of the advantages is that he can count on having the Headmaster’s (somewhat) undivided attention in the evenings to provide feedback about his Brookwood experience.

One of the key disadvantages is that he knows that he may get an abrupt “No,” followed by a “Because I said so,” and finished with a “Now, go to bed.”

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September 07, 2016

Books are Good

“Books are good.”

This three-word sentence was uttered by my father, Randy Watts, Sr. (or, as many call him — the “real Randy Watts”), many years ago. The statement was made in the midst of the fatigue of helping me move into an apartment in graduate school. At that moment, it was not a particularly deep thought; rather, it was an exhausted effort to wrap his mind around the fact that he had to help carry boxes upon boxes of books into my temporary domicile.

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August 10, 2016

Lead.

Last year, I attended an employment fair for teachers. My job was to interview each of the 60 candidates for two minutes and then determine who I might invite to Brookwood for an interview in the event that we had an opening in their field. Every candidate with whom I spoke was qualified, and most had teaching experience.

However, only about ⅓ of these candidates -— potential educational leaders — could shake my hand, look me in the eye, and introduce themselves at the same time.

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May 11, 2016

An Open Letter to the Class of 2016

As you well know, there is a lot to celebrate with your class. Yours is the largest senior class to graduate from Brookwood. You have impressive college admission stats. You have set academic and athletic records. You have left indelible marks on our memory of theatrical, debate, and musical performances.

You are on the eve of your graduation. While this is a time to savor, please allow me to fast forward through several of your next life steps….

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March 04, 2016

What was the point of that story?... and other takeaways from the Annual Meeting

In the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Steve Martin’s character turned to John Candy’s character during a meandering monologue and said “Here’s a good idea — have a POINT. It makes it SO much more interesting for the listener!”

After our Annual Meeting, it was brought to my attention that I forgot to state the reason why I read the children’s story He Saves the Day.

Oops.

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February 10, 2016

Backstage: The Magic Behind the Magic

The orchestra in the Municipal Auditorium begins and teenaged girls clad in saddlebacks and poodle skirts sweep down the aisleways from the back of the room. Taking the stage, they begin to croon, “We love you, Conrad, Oh yes we do,” in a collective voice that is equal parts doleful and dedicated to their rock n’ roll heartthrob and Elvis Presley doppelganger, Conrad Birdie.  

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December 18, 2015

Mental Ecosystems, Clay Targets, and the Indispensability of Teachers

Mental Ecosystems, Clay Targets, and the Indispensability of Teachers

 

“Pull!”….. BANG!…………. “You were behind it. Remember — you have to miss it in front to hit.”

“Pull!”…….BANG!…” Catch it with your left eye sooner. It got away from you.”

“Pull!”……. BANG!…… “Whew! You got every piece of that bird!”

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October 16, 2015

The Value of an Independent School Education

The world famous musician Louis Armstrong was once asked to define jazz. His response was, “Man, if you gotta ask, you’ll never know.”

That simple response conveys the very real sentiment that sometimes your dedication and passions are a function of your feelings, rather than an empirical understanding.

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October 01, 2015

The Rock Star Servant

The allure of the rock star is undeniable. This month, I am reminded of the heros of my youth, many of whom are represented in the Flaunt 2015: Rock On murals that canvas downtown Thomasville.

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More recent posts

December 01, 2016

If I Could Make a New School Rule

My youngest son, Ben, will tell you that having his father as the Headmaster has a few advantages, but mostly disadvantages. One of the advantages is that he can count on having the Headmaster’s (somewhat) undivided attention in the evenings to provide feedback about his Brookwood ... » read more
September 07, 2016

Books are Good

“Books are good.” This three-word sentence was uttered by my father, Randy Watts, Sr. (or, as many call him — the “real Randy Watts”), many years ago. The statement was made in the midst of the fatigue of helping me move into an apartment in graduate school. At that moment, it was not a... » read more
August 10, 2016

Lead.

Last year, I attended an employment fair for teachers. My job was to interview each of the 60 candidates for two minutes and then determine who I might invite to Brookwood for an interview in the event that we had an opening in their field. Every candidate with whom I spoke was qualified, and most... » read more
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