En TEDxDubai, la veterana profesora de inglés Patricia Ryan pregunta provocadoramente: el mundo, al centrarse en el inglés, ¿está impidiendo la difusión de grandes ideas en otras lenguas? (Por ejemplo: ¿y si Einstein hubiera tenido que pasar el examen de inglés TOEFL?). Una apasionada defensa de la traducción y de la difusión de ideas.
Publication Date: February 20, 2012
My Dear Friend, Welcome to Chile. This book shares the personal sentiment of its author, an expat, after having lived the past ten years in Chile. He says: “I live in Chile, the most beautiful country in the world.”
He continues: “As I say these words, I want you to know that I come from the United States of America, a country that stretches from sea to shining sea, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The USA is indeed a magnificent country, but it isn’t Chile…”
I’m sure there are many countries, all of them great, all of them wonderful. Nonetheless, Chile is the best when it is beauty that we speak of. What makes Chile stand so high above all the rest?
The answer to this question and much more are to be found within the pages of this remarkable collection of personal reflections about Chile, the land and its people, its treasured joys and its ongoing challenges…
“How do you become a good teacher?” Those of you who know me from reading my writing already know my answer. The short answer, the simple answer, the easy to understand answer. It has two parts.
First, love what you do. Love being a teacher so much that if you had the power to be anything on Earth, pilot, astronaut, doctor, dentist, taxi-driver, singer, dancer, artist, musician, anything at all, you would still choose to be a teacher. Love being a teacher, that’s number one.
Connectivism & Connected Knowledge tells the story of my personal journey from isolation to becoming globally connected to sources of knowledge and expertise, from some of the most brilliant people in my field, education…
It is a personal journey that begins with a proposition: self-improvement that also benefits others.
I go back in time to share this journey with you, certain that it will also benefit you personally, and the members of your personal and professional learning network also.
The global search for high-quality education, embedded in high-performing education systems, has taken on mythical proportions, almost resembling the alchemists’ quest to turn common metals into gold.
It is my hope that the present day search for global education, equitable and providing equality of opportunity for all, shall not cease until the “gold” we seek, has been found.
I therefore dedicate this book to all the educators, researchers, parents and students the world over, who strive to achieve this elusive goal,high-quality education for all the citizens of the world.
In this endeavour, it is my belief that the International Baccalaureate merits a closer look, based on their more than 40 year history of delivering consistently excellent results.
I add that all of the reflections and views in this book are mine alone, unless otherwise noted, and can not be attributed to my employer or any other organization I am affiliated with, past or present. For any errors or oversights, I bear the complete responsibility.
Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.
He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.
Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.
Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of forty four (44) books overall.
The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.