It is fascinating to watch these fledglings discover something new. I am mesmerized by their curiosity. An international setting lends itself to a new perspective for me. Everyone is standing on the ledge of discovery. It is a learning ground of reciprocity. The questions sail through the air like shuttle cocks. The answers from the instructor or another student cascade and shower like rain. With mouths open wide like baby birds everyone is fed. Only to return with another cry for more information. The students take such pride in their education and the Instructors in their illumination.
Once again my naivete’ has taken a front row seat. The students here do not seem to air a sense of privilege. Respect for each other and other adults is not questioned or tested. There is a sense of appreciation for each other no matter, the color of their skin, their gender or level of knowledge. From my years of experience, being in the classroom as a student, an educator, an interpreter and an advocate I did not glean this perspective.
This experience has been breathtakingly enjoyable.