Episode #88: Sandeep Dutt in conversation with Philip Burrett, an ex-school master and deputy Headmaster at The Doon School, with 43 years of teaching experience. Now a school consultant, trainer, coach, school mentor and traveller. Has taught in co-ed and single-sex boys schools in Delhi and Mumbai
Publish Date: Jul 31, 2021
Episode #89: Sandeep Dutt in conversation with Philip Burrett, an ex-school master and deputy Headmaster at The Doon School, with 43 years of teaching experience. Now a school consultant, trainer, coach, school mentor and traveller. Has taught in co-ed and single-sex boys schools in Delhi and Mumbai till he arrived at The Doon School Dehradun (India) in 1985. He believes that boys end up in trouble; when we look around, we see many reasons. He is very concerned about handling boys and how we can best educate them. His efforts are to move them away from the pseudo masochism that most boys think is needed to become new warriors-men with empathy and kindness. Now retired seeks to take boys into the outdoors to train, coach and mentor. The need of the hour is to help boys become men and make these rites of passage enjoyable. Once a teacher, always a teacher, works to help colleagues and live well with his family. Philip's father served in the forces, and this is where he learnt the meaning of colour, the need to respect women and persevere. His passion for the outdoors must be his DNA, and he finds that learning is only outside the classroom, beyond the closed spaces and boxed mindsets. Finds that boys in particular call for trouble, and the prisons are full of men. This happens because they lack role models. It is time now for 'men empowerment, and this gives due credence to the Mankind Movement he once followed. We can not make half-baked men; there is a definitive need for rituals, routine and rhythm to help reform the world in distress.
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kindness. My father taught me that men take risks, but real risks. They persevere their resilience. And that's when I that's when I met you Cindy with the I I P you know, many years later because I believed in the God han philosophy of giving a boy a skill, a passion for the outdoors, something where he can show his manliness. And that's where, you know, you and I met at the D A D A. S. Interview panel and you know, I think that a lot of education that I learned was with my father on the tricks and on on on on difficult excursions, camping out, empowering rain and restaurant cards because I school input and that's where I that's where I really got my education outside the class and that's where I want to continue to teach outside the class, outside the what they call the liminal space.
Thank you Philip Philip You mentioned three important things. One you mentioned about this respect for ladies Second, you added the passion for outdoors and third you showed the role of a family and value. So these three added to your becoming what you are. How do you think this added up to Eur pedagogy practice and pastoral care at the school level? Okay, so if something, you know, uh when I when I began, you know, began teaching boys in a residential school, I slowly began to see boys in deep trouble. I found that, you know, and I looked around, uh suicide rates with young men were rising, crime was rising, prisons are full of men, not women so much. There was substance abuse, joblessness, loneliness, who are grades, you know, women outscore boys in every possible example. Uh,