Having worked in higher education for almost 11 years now, I sometimes wonder what do I mean when I say “intercultural education.” Education, to me, is very relative. You don’t need to go to a college to be ‘educated.’ In fact, I don’t think you need to go to school to be ‘educated.’
On Wikipedia, education is defined as “a form of learning in which knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, research, or simply through autodidacticism. Generally, it occurs through any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts.”
I sometimes feel I’ve learned the most outside of classrooms: during girl talk, extracurricular activities, people watching, or having a one-on-one meeting with a professor during lunch.
Don’t get me wrong. I loved going to college. I even went to class on behalf of my friends when they were sick. (Apparently, I take great notes ;)). I love studying. I love reading. I love learning, and I’ll always be a life long learner.
Learning comes in so many shapes and forms. I think the best learning happens when you don’t even realize it. Conversations to me, whether spoken out loud, through listening to music, reading, and/or visualizing through art is the start to any learning process. What you’ve learned can’t be unlearned. You can forget, but you can’t unlearn it.
If what I share on these posts spark something within you at any moment, I think I’ve done my part as an intercultural educator.