From the iEARN-USA blog:
A faded red paper tulip from an iEARN conference sits in a vase in my bedroom. Ruty Hotzen (Daffodils and Tulips project) handed out the flowers to honor Arab students in East Jerusalem who planted tulips for an important commemorative occasion when Jewish students were restricted because of a religious holiday.
Who knew? This is why I keep the tulip in sight. When I read newspapers in the morning, I need to remember the stories I hear every July when I spend a week with idealists who are making good things happen, regardless. And every teacher everywhere knows what “regardless” means.
For more than 20 years, I have organized my vacations around iEARN’s gathering. When I signed up for my first conference, I expected to meet some interesting people in an intriguing place (Budapest) at an affordable price, including that (as an educator) it was a tax deduction. As hoped, I found nothing but positives and also, unexpectedly, discovered this was an incredible, unique opportunity to understand what was happening someplace….More