IBSC Living History Podcast

IBSC Living HistoryThe IBSC Living History Podcast illuminates the issues and ideas that led to the founding of IBSC, particularly the difficult times that many boys' schools faced in the late 1980s and early 1990s. These conversations with past IBSC board chairs and executive directors focus on how the coalition emerged and highlight the struggles and successes of growing our association into the platform for learning and connection we enjoy today. 

More than a slice of history, the IBSC Living History Podcast also shows that while so much has changed in boys’ education, much remains the same. Our reflections illustrate the strength of our community and create an interesting story for boys’ schools to use in your communities.

Part Six

In part six of the IBSC Living History Podcast, hear from The Roxbury Latin School (United States) Headmaster Kerry Brennan as he discusses the evolution of IBSC from a young organization to a global coalition, emphasizing its role in advocating for boys' education. He touches on the challenges and perceptions of boys' schools in the 1990s and underscores the importance of humility, awareness, data-driven insights, and learning from past experiences in educating boys.

Part Five

In part five of the IBSC Living History Podcast, Graham Able recounts his connection to IBSC, from his introduction to the coalition in 1996 to his tenure as board chair. A retired headmaster of Dulwich College (United Kingdom), Able shares insights that underscore the crucial role of IBSC in expanding the global conversation on boys' education, addressing emerging societal and technological challenges, and amplifying boys schools’ dedication to fostering positive traits in boys.

Part Four

In part four of the IBSC Living History Podcast, David Anderson traces his relationship with IBSC, from his first IBSC Annul Conference in 1995 to his 10-year tenure on the board of trustees. The recently retired geography teacher and leader at Shore School (Australia) shares anecdotes that highlight the value of IBSC's support for boys' schools, especially in the face of prevailing pressures.

Part Three

In part three of the IBSC Living History Podcast, Brad Gioia recounts the story of the founding of IBSC, paying special attention to how the organization's international scope has evolved. He highlights how this diversity enriches our shared comprehension of the universal difficulties that boys face and the rationale for boys' schools.

Part Two

In part two of the IBSC Living History Podcast, John Farber shares how the first gatherings of heads and directors of admissions in North American boys’ schools led to establishing IBSC as an advocate and proponent of single-gender schools for boys. Farber also reflects on the relational nature of IBSC and the importance of the coalition’s global reach.

Part One

In part one of the IBSC Living History Podcast, Rick Melvoin reflects on the establishment of IBSC, the challenges faced by boys' schools in the early years of the coalition, and the lessons boys' schools can take into the future.