— A BIGGER WORLD — with MEI Academy’s Steve Osterberg

— A BIGGER WORLD — with MEI Academy’s Steve Osterberg


As an educator I think my greatest fear is that a student is just going through the motions. Too often school is about proving that you’ve read something, rather than actually being about, well what what is this mean to me. And on MEI those are the sorts of questions we demand of the students and they’re the sorts of questions that they demand of themselves. When the students start on these programs they’re excited about going to Angkor Wat, seeing the city of Hong Kong, going to the Great Wall of China but when they come back what they take from these visits isn’t that they’ve been to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, what they come back with is a different way of looking at themselves. I think that’s the value of the experience. It’s that now that I’ve seen these places and the people who live there and work there, I now see my own world different. It’s a bigger world, it’s a brighter world, it’s a more compassionate world. And it’s one thing just breeds openness in students which can only serve them in the future.

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