I hope to (help) create a new school in China.
I may fail.
The challenges are daunting.
- Schools in China are complicated to launch.
- There are many great education entrepreneurs there already.
- I’m an American based in Boston.
Just to name a few…
I’ll elaborate on these (and many more challenges) in the coming weeks.
With that said, I do have a few things in my favor.
- I’ve collaborated with others to open several schools in the past 18 years, in 6 countries. Elementary school, middle school, high school, even a graduate school of education. I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes and successes.
- I’ve met talented educators and entrepreneurs in Shanghai, Shenzen, Ningbo, and Beijing, who have been generous with encouragement and caution in equal doses, and advice.
- I have a large network of unusually skilled American teachers and school leaders, some of whom want the adventure of working in a new land.
Back in 2008, I created a blog that chronicled the creation of this place. Blogging helped me do that start-up. First, writing forced me to clarify my ideas. Second, I built a small tribe of readers, who provided all sorts of helpful ideas, critiques, and introductions.
Maybe that can happen again. Hence: this blog. I invite you to sign up for it, on the right hand side of your screen.