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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Educating kings for the twenty-first century.

A peculiar ad appeared on page A5 in today's Boston Globe:

Cushing Academy extends
congratulations and warmest wishes
to Cushing 1999 alumnus

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

on his ascent to the
throne of Bhutan

Under the school's insignia is the slogan, "Forging Leaders for the 21st Century." Bhutan, a small Himalayan Buddhist country tucked between India and China, is apparently an absolute monarchy, although the new king's father has initiated moves toward constitutional government with a parliament by 2008. (The country lifted its ban on television in 1999.) Granting the distinctive challenges of being the young monarch of a small country, and wishing for his success at introducing democracy, I can't help but wonder how many of the Boston area's striver parents think of kings as modeling "leadership in the 21st century." But parents: If you do have a young prince in need of a good education, check out Cushing.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 10 January 2007 at 7:48 AM

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January 10, 2007 03:52 PM | Permalink for this comment

I saw the same ad and had very similar thoughts. I think it was the most interesting thing I read in the Globe today. Do you think parents might send their aspiring princes there and hope there's an identity mix-up?


January 10, 2007 08:53 PM | Permalink for this comment

All I know is, this is SO TOTALLY going to be a Disney film.


January 11, 2007 09:47 AM | Permalink for this comment

Let's hope Cushing did a better job with this guy than my own alma mater did with GWB and Iraq viceroy Paul Bremer. My old AP American History teacher, whom I still correspond with, tells me that GWB's teacher tells her that one of the biggest mistakes of his teaching career was not flunking the dolt who would go on to be President when he had the chance and ample cause.

(You'd think historians of all people would know that actions have consequences.)


January 11, 2007 01:52 PM | Permalink for this comment

Not only did King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (now 26)study at Cushing, but according to this article on, he studied at Wheaton as well before going on to Oxford.

The US could learn a lot from the environmental policies of Bhutan, which is carefully stepping into the 21st century without squandering its resources and ravaging its environment like its neighbors. I hope the new King of Bhutan does as well as his father. And I hope that the country's transition to democracy does not mean such future policies become directed by greed the way they are here in the US.

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