Open mindedness also extends, of course, to tolerance of different attitudes and beliefs within your own culture which you may not share but agree to differ. As the world progresses, and people move, the consideration and reflection on the views of others becomes a constant consideration. As well as being risk-takers and purveyors of change, children of the 21st century are, in my opinion, much more open to new experiences.
This is becoming an increasingly natural process as the world shrinks and children are brought up in an environment with peers from all over the planet.
Young people are growing up with a far greater fluidity in their lives. Children will process and establish their point of view from listening and absorbing the influences of their class mates. The more different backgrounds that they are exposed to the better. Not just in the classroom, or in cloistered travel, but also through exposure and interaction in their community through the kinds of service learning activities that can be experienced right across the IB continuum.
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The IB learner profile attribute of open-mindedness is a worthwhile global model for all education systems, encouraging greater facilitation and understanding between cultures and creeds. Especially, in the current world climate, there is a great need for understanding and tolerance. How open should an open mind be?
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