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