An international education for Geneva grade school kids
Fifth graders in Donna Roman’s class at Geneva’s Mill Creek Elementary School this year have had a unique opportunity to see what a day in the life is like for students in schools around the world.
The Flat Earth Program is a pilot effort that involved eight different schools; American School of Mumbai in Mumbai, India; Denton Avenue School in New Hyde Park, New York; The Falcon’s School for Girls in London; International School of Prague in Prague, Czech Republic; The Phoenix School in Salem, Mass.; Yarmouth Elementary School in Yarmouth, Maine,; Yew Chung International School in Beijing, China; and Mill Creek Elementary in Geneva.
The program, which began last fall, concluded last week when Mill Creek students gave a presentation of their experiences to their family and friends.
“The program showed what other schools looked like and how they compare and contrast,” said Roman.
Students communicated with one another through blogging and via Skype so that they were able to see each other’s faces.
“They loved it, and they learned a ton about other cultures,” said Roman.
The youngsters learned that there are real differences around the world, not just in schools, but in housing and transportation.