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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 19:30

Back to School: A Panel Discussion on Alternative Education in China

Caroline Nath, Journalist, Member of the UWC Education Movement in China
David Weber, Teacher in Waldorf Schools
Malcolm McKenzie, Head of School, Keystone Academy, Beijing

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3 Ritan Dong Lu

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The three-member panel will discuss alternative education opportunities in China and how they have been fast developing over recent years.

As a long-time Waldorf educator, David Weber will address the issue of « Educating for the Future » and speak about the astonishing growth of Waldorf schools in China over the past decade.

Caroline Nath, who has a strong interest in psychology and education and has spent almost 30 years in China, will talk about parents’ and children’s motivations for choosing alternative education, as well as selection criteria for admission to a UWC school.

Malcolm McKenzie, who is the current head of Keystone Academy, will share his experience as a hands-on school leader with extensive knowledge in 4 different countries, having to reconcile the values of community service and self-fulfillment as enshrined in most alternative educational establishments and the strong demands in China for academic rigor and results.

The discussion will be moderated by Amanda Galsworthy, a free-lance conference interpreter living in Beijing with a keen interest in multiculturalism and mother of a daughter who decided to « opt out » of the French education system to attend a UWC school.

Caroline Anjali Nath has spent almost 30 years in China. Her deep interest in psychology and education led her to become a certified Parent Effectiveness Training instructor. Caroline is an active member of the UWC education movement in China, as a member of the Chinese student national selection committee. She graduated from the United World College in Singapore and went on to study

Chinese language and International Relations (Beijing University) and INALCO (top French institution in East Asian languages and studies). She also has a triple Masters from Columbia University in International Affairs, Journalism and East Asian Studies.

David Weber studied music, politics and law at the Universities of California and Wisconsin. After some years practicing law, Mr. Weber trained as a Waldorf teacher at Emerson College in Sussex, England. He has been a class teacher and high school teacher in Waldorf schools for the past thirty years. He has also taught in teacher education programs in the US and China, and lectures widely on Waldorf Education. He is currently teaching history, literature, and music at the San Francisco Waldorf High School.

Malcolm, who grew up in South Africa, started his academic career as a university lecturer, but moved into school teaching, and school leading, nearly 30 years ago.  He has been Head of four schools, Maru-a-Pula School in Botswana, The United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, USA, and now Keystone Academy, Beijing.

Malcolm has served on the Board of the Round Square association, which numbers approximately 160 schools worldwide.  He was a co-founder of the Global Connections Foundation in 1997 and is now Director of this confederation of schools as well as continuing to write extensively on education.