What is My Lyceum?
In 335 BCE Greek scholars and philosophers traveled to the Lyceum to engage in studies and hear the teachings of Aristotle. It was a place of academic pursuits for the betterment of humanity, an example of the collaboration of man to arrive at new understanding.
Likewise, our mission at My Lyceum is to serve your educational needs by providing simple, relevant, and practical guidance through video series, articles, tech and book reviews, inspiration, efficiency hacks, leadership hacks and much more.
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In May of 2013 my wife and I excitedly welcomed a foreign exchange student from Burkina Faso into our home for a month. The young man discussed with us his lifestyle and culture in his third-world country. He shared descriptions of their unique foods, their affinity for friendship and family, and the country’s unfortunate lack of education. He explained that culturally education is not valued, that education will not help a family prosper or be successful. At this moment I realized that the barriers that hinder education are not always simple and direct, but complex and deeper than students “not caring” (as our society often professes).
Because of a growing global community, our nation’s economic stability relies on the continued growth of every nation’s educational system. Studying a foreign language and immersing myself in multiple cultures have often exposed me to atypical beliefs, values, and attitudes. Volunteering in a middle school in urban San José, Costa Rica revealed a feeling of repressed desperation in the hearts of the Costarican educators. The dream of teaching the students had become lost among their daily struggles to reestablish control over the learning environment. When volunteering as an English teacher in an orphanage in Peru, I witnessed an overall excitement for learning. Unfortunately the school lacked the resources and expertise required to nurture this excitement.
Later, as an adjunct instructor of English as a Second Language at Southern Arkansas University I taught students from several cultural backgrounds: Chinese, West African, and Saudi Arabian. Remarkably each student perceived education differently, and they unconsciously acted upon these perceptions.
My teaching practice in Texas as a Foreign Language and English Language Arts teacher, and later as an instructional coach and eventually an assistant principal only paralleled many of my experiences in other countries; our struggles and successes were not always so different after all. As I entered into Texas A&M University as a doctoral student of Educational Psychology I wished to understand these cultural, attitudinal, and value based differences that affected so potently our schools and classrooms. While there is no one silver-bullet to improve education, I did find one factor that has always and will always greatly impact students and that is teachers. Much like my friend from Burkina Faso, I wish to see the successful education of all students across cultures, beginning with the change of education paradigms and ending with the opportunity for a life fulfilled for each student. The professional development of our educators is of paramount importance to realize this vision. And from this belief came the birth and development of My Lyceum.
Here at My Lyceum we hope to provide for each of you the researched based, practical, and inspirational guidance that you desire to fulfill your educational passions.
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