edu180atl: rachel hovington 8.7.12
As an international educator, I have read and written long papers on the human characteristic of International Mindedness–its definition, evolution as a concept, and how we might foster it in our community of learners as a school.
After years of work and multiple paradigm shifts, I turn to the words of others like UNESCO to articulate international mindedness:
…as a sense of universal values, valuing freedom, intercultural understanding, non-violent conflict resolution.
I love Gardner’s,
The whole course of human development can be viewed as a continuing decline in egocentrism.
Boyd Roberts explains that
one might speak multiple languages, move money across borders, and seamlessly integrate oneself into multiple cultures… but that might just make a you a drug dealer, not a global citizen…
Although these quotes have been particularly helpful, it’s still difficult to communicate what International Mindedness means to me when I have limited time to share what I believe in.
Then today I had a moment of clarity and evolved an elevator speech to There’s a lot you don’t know about everything you think you know when I saw a quote from Steven Hawking,
The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
I don’t want to make any assumptions, but I learned that I might have been on the right lines… but then… what do I know?!
About the author: Rachel Hovington (@rhovington) Administrator at Atlanta international School, Biologist, Geologist. Mother of twins and fresh air fanatic.
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