Author Archives: Stephen Dexter, Jr.

About Stephen Dexter, Jr.

Stephen is an international educator and administrator. A native of the United States, he lives with his wife Stephanie and children Zoe and Ian in the Singapore. With a career that spans over twenty years in public, private and international schools, he writes when he can and is on a quest to discover if "text walking" is changing the human brain.

Death of a Genius

When I was recruiting for the fifth most expensive boarding school on the planet several years ago, I leaned over to my boss at one of those zany ballroom signup sessions and told him that the prototype hire for us … Continue reading

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The Tao of Chicken Rice

Every Sunday, when I go to my favorite chicken rice place in the world (Lorong 6, Toa Payoh, Singapore) to write and reflect on my experiences as an international educator, I get really good service. It wasn’t always like that. … Continue reading

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Right Before My Very Eyes

So, I was reading through my copy of The Straits Times the other day on the way to work in the best underground transit system on the planet. It’s clean, always on time, and it tells you where you are … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Going To College.

The Stanford University Class of 2019 was selected from 42,487 candidates, the largest applicant pool in Stanford’s history. The 2,144 admitted students come from 50 states and 77 countries. That’s about a 5% acceptance rate. FIVE PERCENT. The world is … Continue reading

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Chaos Theory

“A mathematic theory that deals with complex systems whose behavior is highly sensitive to slight changes in conditions, so that small alterations can give rise to strikingly great consequences.” This is also called the ‘butterfly effect’ where if you can … Continue reading

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Trash Talk

Dharavi, Mumbai Quick Facts: 1) One of the largest slums on the planet (approximately 1,000,000 inhabitants). 2) Created by British colonials in 1882. 3) Estimated value of exported, yes EXPORTED goods is $500-600 million a year. 4) Covers 217 hectares … Continue reading

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Hiring Millenials: A Primer for Old People (Like Me)

Aging has taken on a special significance with me in recent weeks as I witnessed the passing of two giants of my generation in David Bowie and Glen Frey. Unreal and surreal. When I looked over the images and read … Continue reading

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The Last American Holiday

When Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday in 1863, he did so at the height of the American Civil War by inviting fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea … Continue reading

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A Gap That Can’t Be Closed By Achievement

“Genius comes when you disconnect from task and reconnect to source.” Good Life Project: Embrace the Space “Creating space, those moments of in-between that we increasingly fill with tasks.” My breath gets taken away during the course of the school … Continue reading

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The Organization of Learning

This picture has nothing to do with the post, but I took it when I was hiking this summer in Switzerland and my head was really, really clear and uncluttered by my “to do” list. Maybe it is related! According … Continue reading

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