Expanding your horizons.
I encourage my students to travel as much as they possibly can as a way to expand their horizons. I also encourage them to expand beyond the "tourist" areas and to truly experience the local cultures of an area. Many of my students (teachers) have never traveled beyond the boundaries of our state, South Carolina. A teacher who is unable to "see" will find it very difficult to open children's eyes.
Most universities offer summer study abroad programs in many different countries. I would encourage teachers of any age to participate in at least one such program during their career. I agree with Miriam
Beard's statement that "travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on deep and permanent in the ideas of living."
This change in a classroom teacher's perceptions will not only enhance his/her understanding of various cultures, but also will help open the eyes of all his/her students.
Please contact me about how your area encourages teachers to broaden their experiences in understanding multiple cultures. I think this would be interesting for all ACEI members to share. I wish you much success as the new school year begins.
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|Date:||Sep 22, 2004|
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