“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” - Henry Miller
More than forty years ago, I celebrated Independence Day in Oxford, England.
I had never been outside of the United States before, but when the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford, during the summer between my junior and senior years in college, presented itself, I didn't hesitate.
In many ways, it was a life-altering experience.
Although computers were in existence during the '60s, they were not commonly available. Learning about other countries meant books or travel; the printed word or physical contact.
During my trip, I interacted with American students from all over the U.S. We found that our lives were quite different, our ideas of home, family, religion, politics often amazingly dissimilar.
There were numerous chances to travel - we saw London, Stonehenge, Stratford-on-Avon. Our group crossed the Channel to explore Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam, Trier, Cologne. I can still see in my mind's eye, even after all these years, the bright Impressionist paintings, majestic Rembrandts portraits, postcards pasted on the wall by Anne Frank in the Secret Annex.
Our students today have an unparalleled opportunity to connect with their peers in other states and other nations, to explore the riches of museums, galleries, and historic sites, to step outside of their local communities and join the global community.
Restricting access to resources by blocking and filtering imposes limits that may not always be in the best interests of the children and young adults in our educational system.
“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” - Frank Herbert
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