Saturday, March 9, 2013

Being International vs. Internationally Minded

Today I was challenged with how "international" I am.  I'm attending an IB Teacher Training, which is an educational philosophy and system of schools in the international community.  The purpose of which is to create learners who are "Internationally Minded".  As we went over the profile of the IB student, I was challenged by one of the student traits - Open-minded.  IB states what this type of learner strives to be:

They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.  They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

After discussing this in the seminar, the thought that came immediately to my mind was my reaction to Hungarian prejudice.  I've written about this a couple times in previous posts - my frustration with the close-mindedness I see around me.  But today I realized that my opinions of that "close-mindedness" are a result of my own close-mindedness.  Being open-minded means trying to understand different points of view.  Looking at Hungarian culture, what I've learned thus far anyway, I can see why some of these things I see as frustrating are part of a culture I really appreciate in so many ways.  Whether they're right or wrong is not mine to judge if I want to be an open-minded person.  "Seeking and evaluating a range of points of view" and being "willing to grow from the experience" is what I should be striving to do to be Internationally Minded.

I like the way this made me think.  I've been "International" for 7 years.  But maybe one day down the road I'll truly be Internationally Minded.


  1. That's a very interesting post and so true!
    After a couple of years living abroad I also like to think of myself asbeing international (or at least European) but from time to time I also find myself judging on people's different customs and ways of thinking. However, I've managed to adapt to a totally different way of life and to integrate in a foreign society and I've gained a quite lot from it as not only I have learnt many new things(including mastering Dutch) but I've also grown as a person. And I think that's a very good output of being internationally minded :)

    Have a nice weekend!