ScotsIdeas is an exciting new venture bringing the best thinkers and the most pertinent ideas to The Scots College and the wider community. This regular public ideas forum seeks to host compelling conversations in education. It will emphasise the ethos and strategic focus of the College, creating discussion and debate about the big issues of holistic Christian boys education in a multicultural, urban, internationally-connected setting.
Many of the things that a good school attempts to teach its students are invisible. What, for someone who has never been there, is leadership? In particular, what is intellectual leadership in a culture like Australia, where the ‘intellectual’ has been something of a countercultural category? In order to be able to teach such things, a school such as Scots is compelled to help our boys to be able to ‘see’ the invisible.
Dr Ian PM Lambert, Principal
Reinventing Education: Why schools need to lead their own revolution to prepare students for the future
A ScotsIdeas Evening with Professor Yong Zhao
Monday 4 February 2019
Born in China and teaching in the United States for almost 30 years, Professor Yong Zhao is currently the Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Kansas as well as serving as an advisor to many institutions and schools around the world. Acknowledged internationally for his comparative analysis of Eastern and Western education systems alongside his extensive writing on automation and the future of work, Professor Yong Zhao returned to Scots in 2019 for an evening of thought and action. In his wide-ranging, humorous and challenging presentation, Professor Yong Zhao suggested that education should focus on developing each student's strengths rather than highlighting their weaknesses, and that students should have as much choice as possible in their learning journey. We are also privileged to have Professor Zhao collaborating with our vision of Reinventing Education.
To find out more about him, please click here.
China, Globalisation and the Future of Work and Education
A ScotsIdeas breakfast with Professor Yong Zhao
Friday 8 June 2018
Professor Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University in Australia as well as a Global Chair at the University of Bath, UK. He previously served as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.
‘In an age of smart machines, the answer is not to become one. It is to become more human.’ Such was but one challenge delivered by leading educator Professor Yong Zhao, visiting the College to address boys, staff and parents on the need for a new vision for education in an age of globalisation and disruption. Connecting strongly to the College’s deep Presbyterian tradition of shaping the curriculum to the individual and directing learning towards the common weal, Professor Zhao explored the possibilities for a more ‘personalisable education’ that allows students to develop their talents and apply them in real-world learning settings.
To find out more about him, please click here.
The Call: Finding and Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life
A luncheon hosted by the ScotsResearch Office with Dr Os Guinness
Thursday 31 May 2018
Dr Os Guinness is an author, social critic and currently a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.
We had the privilege of having him deliver two talks to boys, parents, staff and friends of the College, addressing the deep and timely questions of how we live with our deepest differences, and how we find and fulfil the purpose of our lives. In his seminar address on ‘The Global Public Square’, he challenged us to see religious freedom not as a right purely for ‘the religious’, but foundational to a free society for all. His luncheon talk on ‘The Call’, drawing on his own experience and the legacy of his famous family of Dublin brewers, pointed students in particular to the emptiness of a purely material conception of life and the deep joy found in the service of others.
To find out more about him, please click here.
The Future of Work
A ScotsIdeas evening co-hosted with the Institute of Business and Economics
Wednesday 15 November 2017
Work and workplaces are changing rapidly, and we need new ways of preparing boys to thrive in a radically different future.
This stimulating evening on ‘The Future of Work’ featured TED-style talks from thought leaders and CEOs, including:
Being a (Good) Man
A ScotsIdeas evening with Professor John Stackhouse
Thursday 27 July 2017
For some time now, stereotypes of masculinity have been subjected to withering analysis. But what remains after all this criticism? What does it mean, and should it mean, to be a man today? Award-winning Canadian commentator and theologian Professor John Stackhouse moves beyond the stereotypes about masculinity, providing fresh insights and practical wisdom for bringing out the best in boys.
Professor John Stackhouse, who in 2014 was the inaugural Clark Distinguished Professorial Fellow at The Scots College, is a renowned thinker, speaker and author. Formerly a professor of European history at Northwestern College in Iowa, a professor of religion at the University of Manitoba, and the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College (University of British Columbia), he now serves Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick, as the Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Faculty Development. Find out more about Professor Stackhouse here.
Beyond Mental Health
A ScotsIdeas evening with Professor Ian Hickie AM and Associate Professor Elizabeth Scott
Wednesday 8 March 2017
On Wednesday 8 March 2017, the first of our ScotsIdeas forums brought Australia’s leading mental health experts to talk about the big issues in the flourishing of young men today.
Professor Ian Hickie AM is the Co-Director of the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney, focussing on the area of health and policy. He is the Commissioner in the National Mental Health Commission and oversees enhanced accountability for mental health reform in Australia. He is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry and a leading voice on mental health issues, often appearing on ABC Q&A and advising the Prime Minister. He leads developments in youth mental health, early intervention in emerging depression and other severe mood disorders and developments of e-health based systems for enhanced mental health care. Professor Hickie was the inaugural CEO of beyondblue, a founding director of headspace, and executive director of the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute from 2003.
Associate Professor Elizabeth Scott (MBBS, FRANZCP) is the Medical Director of Uspace at St Vincent's Private Hospital. Uspace is Australia’s first private mental health service targeted to the needs of young adults aged 16–30. Liz is also a consultant psychiatrist at the Brain and Mind Research Institute, conjoint lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences, University of Sydney and is appointed to the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.
The Battle for America and the Future of Politics
An evening with Dr Harry Melkonian, US Studies Centre
Monday 7 November 2016
On the night before the US Presidential Election, we welcomed Dr Harry Melkonian, Lecturer at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, for a special ScotsIdeas Forum on this remarkable election and its significance for the future of politics in the US and around the world.
Raised in the United States, Dr Melkonian was a partner at the law firm of White & Case specialising in business torts, constitutional rights, and intellectual property and was licensed to practice in both New York and California.
In the course of his career, Dr Melkonian has conducted over 1000 jury trials in the US. Some of his trials involving constitutional issues include being the lead trial lawyer in the landmark Meinhold v US case in which the right of gays to serve in the US military was first established.
An Honorary Associate at Macquarie Law School, Dr Melkonian also teaches numerous continuing education courses in Sydney dealing with American history and politics. He has two sons in Year 10 at Scots.
Sustainable Futures Forum
with the Faculty of Applied Science
Thursday 3 March 2016
How will we face the challenges of sustaining life on earth?
On Thursday 3 March, The Scots College Research Centre and Faculty of Applied Science hosted a number of fascinating academics at the ScotsIdeas Sustainable Futures Forum, exploring conservation, climate change, corporate citizenship and the cities of the future. Following brief presentations from each of our experts, we enjoyed a rich Q&A time with our panelists. Joining us for this special evening were:
Dr Laurie Marker
Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia
Professor Steven Sherwood
ARC Laureate Fellow and Director of the Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW
Professor Christopher Wright
Professor of Organisational Studies and leader of the Balanced Enterprise Research Network, University of Sydney Business School
Director of the Future Cities Collaborative, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney
Motivating Boys: A ScotsIdeas Symposium
Thursday 5 March 2015
How can we motivate our young men to achieve their best?
Over 100 parents, staff and members of the community enjoyed a stimulating evening at the Motivating Boys: A ScotsIdeas Symposium. Our panel of guest speakers offered thoughtful, honest and entertaining answers to the audience's questions about such topics as:
Guest panelists included:
Professor Herb Marsh, Australian Catholic University
Recognised as one of the world's most productive educational psychologists and the 11th most productive researcher across all disciplines of psychology, he is an expert in measuring motivation and teaching effectiveness.
Associate Professor Helen Proctor, Senior Lecturer in Education at The University of Sydney
Author of several books in education history and policy, including Controversies in Education (2015), A History of Australian Schooling (2014), and School Choice: How parents negotiate the new school market in Australia (2009).
Mr Scott Monk, novelist and editor at The Australian
Author of acclaimed novel Raw (an HSC set text), Beyond the Knock Knock Door and other books that have ‘got boys into reading’, now an editor at The Australian newspaper.
Mr Lee Morley, The Scots College
A former professional rugby player in the UK, now a Scots Business Studies and Economics teacher and winner of the College’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.
Sports Science: A ScotsIdeas Demonstration and Discussion
Thursday 14 May 2015
What is the relationship between performance in sport and holistic adolescent development? How do we help boys (and girls!) develop holistically, head, heart and hands? These questions were explored at a fascinating panel discussion and demonstration of the College's sports science research facilities. This ScotsIdeas evening also presented an opportunity for members of the community to see the College's sports science facilities and the research students at the College and from universities are conducting on injury prevention, the relationship of body and brain, and the nature of adolescent maturation.
Guest panelists included:
Dr John Orchard
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, a highly-regarded sports and exercise medicine physician for a number of teams including the Australian Cricket Team, the NSW State of Origin team and the Sydney Swans.
Mr Brian Smith
Director of Rugby at Scots, a Wallaby in the 1986 Bledisloe Cup and 1987 World Cup, captain of the Balmain Tigers, graduate of the University of Oxford, and, most recently, attack coach for England and Head Coach of London Irish RUFC.
Dr Carmel Harrington
Managing Director of Sleep for Health, Honorary Research Fellow at the Children's Hospital Westmead, a founding member of the Sleep Health Foundation, and author of two books, The Sleep Diet, and The complete guide to a good night's sleep.
Dr Stephen Cobley
Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney, a researcher and author on Talent Identification, biomechanics and psychology, with a particular focus on developmental factors that constrain performance in sport and education.
Well May We Say: A ScotsIdeas Evening of Great Australian Speeches
Wednesday 11 November 2015
On the 40th anniversary of the Whitlam dismissal and those famous words - ‘Well may we say “God Save the Queen”...', oratorical senses were delighted with an evening of great Australian speeches, re-delivered by talented young speakers, with context and commentary from entertaining experts.
Guest panelists included:
Co-hosted with the College's Debating and Public Speaking and the History Societies
IBE with ScotsIdeas: Business Ethics Breakfast with Professor Paul Williams
Thursday 12 November 2015
Professor Paul Williams, Research Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership at Regent College, Vancouver, joined us with the Scots Institute for Business and Economics for a breakfast exploring the relationship between morality and the market. Before serving from 2005 to 2015 as the Executive Director of the Marketplace Institute at Regent, Paul was Chief Economist and Head of International Research for DTZ Holdings, an international real estate consulting and investment banking group headquartered in London. His key clients included JP Morgan, MetLife, Pirelli, Prudential, GE Capital, the Government of Estonia, and the Spanish Social Security Agency.
Listen to the Q&A discussion below.