“Examinations, tests, assessments—whatever the nomenclature, it’s hard to imagine schooling without them. Testing is the most popular method of quantifying individuals’ knowledge, often with the intention of objectively measuring aptitude and ability. Test-taking is a dreaded experience that the country’s kids and young adults share with their counterparts across the globe. The ritual at its core doesn’t vary much: Students sit at a table or a computer desk (or sometimes, as shown below, on the floor), pencil and/or mouse in hand, the clock ticking away mercilessly.”
I am torn on how to teach these two ideas about cultures and societies all around the world:
- People and cultures are different all over the world.
- People and cultures are the same all over the world.
Cultural practices are often so similar, are done in slight different fashion. This photo gallery can create opportunities for our students to ‘see’ themselves in other cultures while at the same time seeing the richness of global cultural practices.