King's High School rector Dan Reddiex delivers the first
session of the school's new King's Men's Society class.
A visit to a school in Texas has inspired King's High
School rector Dan Reddiex to start a class focusing on
developing better men.
This year, King's introduced a new module into its Year 9
classes called King's Men's Society, which is designed to
teach young men what it means and what it looks like to be a
The course is compulsory for Year 9 and will be extended to
all pupils during the next couple of years.
Mr Reddiex, who runs the class, said the idea for the class
came from a similar course called The Gentlemen's Society
which runs at a school in Fort Worth in the United States.
''I visited the man who ran this programme and was inspired
by the difference that his programme was making in the lives
of some young men in the USA.''
Changes had been made to some of the concepts to suit the
school's resources and so it would fit in a context which
would better suit the school, he said.
When the idea was first put to parents at a meeting last year
many parents were excited about the new course, he said.
''Many commented that they would be delighted to see the
school reinforcing the standards and expectations they were
setting at home,'' he said.
University of Otago School of Education senior lecturer
Steven Sexton said classes like the one at King's were
usually perfect for a majority of people.
Not having any knowledge of the specifics, Dr Sexton said he
could not comment directly on the King's class but it was
important to note the course would probably not work for
There would be a minority who would probably find it hard to
follow what was being taught in the classes, he said.
''Courses like this really appeal to fathers who want their
children to grow up into proper men and households where
there is not a male role model.''
King's was most probably doing a good job at making sure the
course did not alienate pupils, he said.
The new course covers topics such as valuing education and
how to act like a sophisticated man, which looks at dining
etiquette, dress code, appropriate language and the power of