As my Fulbright journey becomes a reality, I am one part excitement and anticipation, another part forlorn about what I am leaving behind. So each day, leading up to my departure this time next week, I will post what I am most looking forward to learning and what I will seriously miss from my life in Los Angeles.
Looking Forward To
In our August orientation, I met some of the world's most intelligent and passionate educators. It feeds the soul! These are people for whom teaching is not just a job, but a calling. In just the few days we spent together, I knew that the ideas produced could actually make a difference in improving educational practices in the U.S. Now, I will have the opportunity to have these same type of discussions with educators in Finland while visiting their schools.
Here is some more information about the Finnish education system, from the Fulbright Center in Finland.
February marked a number of school visits ranging from
elementary (primary) to middle school (lower secondary) and high school (upper
secondary.) As the Fulbrighters get their feet wet, mastering public
transportation, integrating in schools, and networking in the education world,
the question that keeps arising in lunch rooms and private conversations is why
do we have so much violence in schools?
I was trying to explain my school environment both to the
History department at the University of Jyvaskyla Teacher Training School (the
Finnish version of a lab school) and to seniors at Schildt school, both mature
audiences who can handle a nuanced discussion. It never occurred to me just how
much I’ve internalized and to an extent, normalized the violence in our
How does one explain the dramatic rise in poverty we have
experienced over the last few years, and the vast wealth inequality that has
existed for much longer? How do I explain that our society values the
protection of …