A teacher goes on a journey
A story within the story
What you need to know beforehand
It is week 7 of the project, and today Alice works with the education team for the first time.
Alice knew little about this team, but the story of Robin, head of the Education Team, and Steven was a favourite among the teams. And no, they were not a couple. Robin Hussan was a researcher from Cairo, Egypt, born in 1954. Her main focus was on learning methods, and she published a number of groundbreaking essays. One of those essays landed on Steven’s table, a teacher for physics and history, born in 1950 and living thousands of miles away in Auckland, New Zealand. In her essay, Robin concluded that teachers are often too complacent and that a study of teaching methods around the world would do them some good. ‘How can we expect that our pupils learn to think for themselves if all we offer them is the certainty of facts, instead of teaching them that there is damn little we can know for sure. And teach them how to handle the ensuing uncertainty.’
Steven, so the story, was furious about this essay. ‘It kept me awake at night until I decided to quit my job and travel the world, to teach and to learn.’
And he did, for twelve years, teaching in eight countries. His last stop was Cairo. ‘It was only after six month in Cairo that I dared to contact Robin. And we had a very long talk.’
They became friends and later worked together on various essays.
Some years ago, Robin left her husband and moved to a coastal town in Egypt while Steven retired in New Zealand and moved to a cottage in the mountains.
And then one day, Robin heard about the town project from a friend and called Steven to see whether he would get on board too.
And so they met again in New York, one flying in from Cairo, the other from Auckland.
It was one of these little stories, you could always pull out on a rainy day to put a smile back on your face.