I had a wonderful conversation today with a graduate student who is studying Educational Anthropology. (What a fabulous description of a field of study that is so needed today.) Rebecca was living in the Northwest while her husband was stationed at McChord Air Force Base in 2005-2006. For about 9 months she was the best possible intern/volunteer/assistant/”do anything that needs to be done” person I’ve ever met. She helped me put on a Youth Summit “Beyond Islam: Understanding the Muslim World,” a United States Institute of Peace grant that I had when I was working at the World Affairs Council. She also helped organize the Early Language Symposium at the UW and the Heritage Language Workshop with Dr. Shuhan Wang in January, 2006, that was part of the International Education Coalition’s launch of its “Expanding Chinese Language Capacity” initiative.
In the past five years, Rebecca has been studying Arabic and traveling to the Middle East regularly. She is now preparing for her dissertation field work in Jordan where she plans to develop case studies in comparative and international education.
You may be wondering what Jordan has to teach “us” in the U.S. Quite a lot. In fact, it turns out that we in the U.S. know almost nothing about educational systems in a number of nations. That’s something that Rebecca would like to change. I’m glad to introduce you to her here and look forward to her posts!