Geography of Thought Conference

Hajar El Fatihi   (AC 2010-2012)

As a normal Sunday night, I was relaxing in the dayroom until one of our second years came and started talking with me.

– Be exited next week Atlantic college will have for the first time a mission focused period; it will be about education and geography of thought did you hear about it? She said

– No, I did not. What do you mean by Diploma Period? I answered

– A Diploma Period is a week where we break away from normal academic schedule and try to think about mission of UWC based question. She replied.

– Why did they choose education and geography of thought? What does it mean? I asked.

– Do not worry! Everything would be explained to you in the introduction! She said.

– I hope it will not be boring! I exclaimed.

– Be optimistic! At least you will not have codes! She declared.

That was the beginning of the education and geography of thought story;

The topic is formed by two main phrases “education” and “geography of thought”. The first part is connected to the brain, intelligence, technology and learning. The second part was inspired by the book “geography of thought” by Richard Nisbett. In which he says that people see the world from different perspectives because of their cultural background.

Indeed, by investigating on the subject, student will think more deeply, in addition to the fact that has a big relation with two main subjects in the IB mission. First, approaches to learning which is lectures at AC which is about developing self awareness for a more efficient work and which is based on thinking about thinking and understanding yourself as a learner or metacognition, and the other main subject theory of knowledge.

The mission period lasted from Sunday until Wednesday, and was composed by several conferences, some optional and others compulsory and activities. It led us student to think more about our past and the history of our family and how is it related to our future, how can we improve our education, the different perspectives of the west and east for example, intercultural understanding, global consciousness etc.

Actually, even if people thought that it would be boring; most people enjoyed it after all and were happy to participate in it. Personally, it made me learn more about other cultures, and thus, be more understanding and globally conscious.

-United Words College Student Magazine-

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