edu180atl: thad persons 2.28.2012
While I was interviewing a candidate for a new librarian position, she spoke about a research project that she had worked on with some college students in British Columbia.The topic was “First Nations”–and at that point, I had to admit that I simply had no idea what “First Nations” referred to.
So there I was—looking across the table at a woman who was very interested in being hired to teach at our school—and learning about Aboriginal peoples in Canada, the “native Americans of Canada” as this woman put it. And as she spoke about how she helped students navigate through some of the politically-charged language they would encounter while looking at historical documents, it struck me once again how small my world is, how American-centric the lens is through which I often view the world. Just a moment, a reminder, that will stick with me, about the many commonalities we share as human beings, and about how often I overlook such connections—and how lovely it is when I find them…or, in this case, when they find me.
Thad Persons is jack of lots of trades; master of some. Dean of Faculty, English teacher, proud hubby/daddy, avid waterskier, eager learner.
Photo from wikipedia commons.