January 16

January 16, 2016

Today Rachel and I woke up bright and early to visit our 9th school system. I was excited to visit a school after last night’s class discussion about the possible publication of a book.

When arriving to out first school in Rovaniemi we were welcomed with a short presentation. When taking the tour at 9 a.m. I was amazed at how it was still pitch dark out and the moon high in the sky. The first room we visited was Chemistry..my favorite. There was much similarities between the Rovaniemi and Helsinki teachers.
Our next lesson was Music which was my absolute favorite. The teacher was very interactive with my small group and even decided to put on a performance. Our 3 7th grade tour guides sang while a student played the drums, guitar, and tambourine.  They sang Rolling in the Deep by Adele because it was American.

After several measures of practice the professor asked if we wanted to join. I got up and sang with students and surprisingly had a smile on my face the entire time. Even though we weren’t the best it was the experience. How often does one visit another country where you are actually immersed in their culture and included.

This will be a great memory.

Our next lesson was wood working and welding. This class still has me stumped. The 7th students that were in the classes were making knives, axes, and shovels. I am amazed how the students are disciplined enough to work with such dangerous machinery.

The teacher said that in his 20 years there has never been any major accidents. While he was conversing with us, students were in a separate room using machinery that professionals use. This intrigued me seeing how all the students knew what they were supposed to do. The amount of freedom that they have is more than we every received. It would be interesting to observe classes on the first day of schools. I feel that that could be a major component in Finland’s successful education system.

Once we ate lunch we gathered in the gym as a whole to participate in a game. It was similar to duck-duck-goose. This was my favorite school because they showed us Finnish culture through inclusion. I felt very welcomed and I feel that everyone felt special. Hey, I was even told I speak Finnish very well after I told someone kiitos.

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Bucksbaum Lecture

Tippett at the 37th annual Bucksbaum Lecture at Drake University

Krista Tippett, a Peabody Award-winning radio talk show host, has recognized through her lifetime that what we practice, we become. As humans in today’s society, our identity is constantly faced with trying to discover answers.

“Wisdom emerges through the wrong materials of our lives,” said Tippett, who spoke for more than an hour in the Knapp Center at Drake University. More than 3,000 people attended the speech that was presented by the 37th Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series.

Tippett said we are challenged to what it means to be human, what matters in a life and even what matters in a death. Tippett has found that without immediate unveiling, we discover these answers throughout our lifetime.

Former reporter for The New York Times and Newsweek, Tippett, recently published “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.”

Tippett has realized there are three encouragements that have come from her life through conversation—words matter, rediscover listening and dare to claim and embody love.

With recent presidential elections, there has been a joy and comfort in being together, Tippett said.

“We are in the midst of nothing less of a reformation,” Tippett said. “We know the old ways aren’t working, but we can’t see what the new forms will be.”

Zoe Mahler, a high school junior, had the opportunity to ask Tippett a question during the Q&A session held following her speech. Recent fear and confusion has been created through the 2016 presidential election results which has worried Mahler. Mahler asked how one can get

people to come together in a calm conclusion with the recent results. Tippett gave the answer to honor whatever one is feeling.

Mahler, who listens to NPR every Sunday, looks to Tippett as a woman of inspiration. When the opportunity presented itself, she knew she needed to take the initiative to ask Tippett a question.

“I need inspiration in this moment,” Mahler said. “I never thought I could feel so much from one thing.”

“We don’t let pain have a place in our midst,” Tippett said. “It has no way to show its self as pain so it shows itself as anger and thats how it finds its power.”

Drake sophomore, Caroline Hempleman, thought Tippett was an important icon to visit campus with such controversy going on with the nation. Hempleman recognized Tippett’s neutral voice as a side people needed to hear that they haven’t already.

“We don’t need to focus on the anger and the frustration thats coming out,” Hempleman said. “There’s other things that are coming from this such as people coming together and trying to solve problems.”

“To speak about becoming wise in this moment, is to speak not just about individual life and growth, but our life together,” Tippett said.

Tippett suggested approaching every situation by remaining on common ground with everyone, in every circumstance, with the idea that there is good in the other.

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