“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
– Mark Twain.
As brusk as he is, we think Mark Twain has a point. In order to take best advantage of his advice, we need to 1) get out the door and see the planet for real, rather than limiting ourselves to reading about it, thinking about it, or talking about it, and 2) be prepared to notice real moments as we travel and 3) dare to be real ourselves when we travel, resisting the temptation to showcase only our perfected visions of ourselves. The concept of Real Planet Learning captures the idea that there is much to be discovered by visiting places across the planet with an authentic mindset toward others and toward ourselves. We believe that authenticity is the true driver of discovery, and that powerful learning moments happen when we can be ourselves and be present within surroundings that are different and in the presence of people who are different.
Real Planet Learning requires that we take stock of the actual moments that are happening around us as we visit the planet and the actual people that surround us rather than allowing our assumptions about where we are and who we’re with to prevent us from understanding what we can about ourselves and our new place, and ultimately about our old place too.
Real Planet Learning challenges us on a professional and personal levels to let go of our old ideas as we learn and make room for new ones – which often come to us from unlikely sources, when we aren’t looking. Sometimes the subject matter for this blog will center around the professional transformations that visiting schools across the planet can facilitate for teachers who travel with professional development in mind, and sometimes our posts will showcase the process of personal transformation that travel often brings to the traveler – whether we expect it or not…and whether we like it or not. As such, we hope this blog offers you meaningful insights to connect to as you seek out new places to visit across our wonderful planet!