Real World Learning

Real World Learning

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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, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

If you want to teach kids about peace, provide them with opportunities to explore real world learning. Take them to places where they can meet and interact with diverse people. You can start right in your own neighborhood. Let them discover the myriad of things they can explore and enjoy outside. With proper supervision, give them space to socialize not just with children their own age but also with people from all walks of life.

Traveling is likewise a great way, not just for children, to learn and understand more about the world. Without personal experience and context, it would be easy to misunderstand and believe the stereotypes about people from other cultures. And it is only when you travel to unfamiliar places and get to see things from up close that you get a better grasp of the value of diversity.

Schools are not the only places to get an education. Learning is a continuous process. And those who embrace lifelong learning will find that there is much to learn from the real world – outside the classroom. And if you take a moment to observe some of the most well-traveled people around you, you might be surprised to find that they are among the least prejudiced and more compassionate people you know.