Today’s episode is a conversation with Benjamin Burg from Poland and originally the USA. It was one of those conversations that was rich in history, meaning, and weaving threads together to create a sense of a 6 Star journey. For Benjamin, education is not just about learning: the 6 Star way to learning is actually to pass it on.. share it with others, and take note of our environmental messages and cues as well. He’s creating opportunities for people to get involved in community programs, and actively making an impact in different ways. He’s a wonderful person whom I thoroughly enjoyed talking to.
Here’s a summary of what we discussed:
06:56 - his greatest teacher was his sister, Bethany
13:07 - the Polish connection
18:51 - learning about the living earth
26:00 - the Ukrainian students open house
27:00 - the Gardening Project
30:50 - teaching critical thinking
33:25 - the required shift in the education system
40:08 - riding the wave of technology, connection and change
46:55 - the paradox of teacher’s impact
and much more…
Here’s some information about our guest:
Benjamin Burg, Founder of Trips Beyond the Classroom
Over the past twenty years, I have taught in a wide range of environments, from inner-city public high schools in Philadelphia, corporate sales training in Eastern Europe, a middle school teacher in Pre-IB Language Arts, American History and Ecology in Warsaw, Poland. Twenty years teaching I never used a textbook, designing every class from scratch. Currently I am the founder and Chief Educational Officer for Trips Beyond the Classroom involving hundreds of students in innovative learning activities.
Something Interesting About You
I am fascinated with human culture and our relationship to what I like to think, our living Earth. I am sort of an anthropologist with a social philanthropist and innovative approach.
What Are You Famous For?
Pushing the learning up ! Including myself, no one escapes the opportunity to learn more. So many stories. One of the best, my European students teasing me about how young is the American’s history. Then while we were exploring lava tubes in western New Mexico, we discovered a 1000 year old Native American water ritual pot. We touched history that afternoon.
Donate to his charity for direct impact:
Here’s some information about my co-host:
Founder & CEO, Go Beyond Global
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