Have you ever heard anyone say; “ ah I see you’re a man of culture as well”?
Well, how would a person really know if ‘culture lover’ should be one of those boxes you should tick on a job application? Would that reveal that they’re sophisticated? Or simply that they have some interesting hobbies as a conversation starter?
Remember that owning a library card and being skilled at using chopsticks, does not necessarily reveal much about an individual!
What really is culture? Well, here is one culture synonym:
‘the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively,’ says one thesaurus. So culture can indeed cover a wide range of interests and achievements.
Does any of these points describe you as a person? ; ‘I enjoy showing visitors hidden gems of my city. Where I live, I love the unique old-world beauty, its green and innovative culture vibrant neighbourhood’ Or ‘I love to share and taste new foods from around the world’.
If the answer is ‘Yes’, one could assume from this, that, yes, you do certainly love culture in some form.
Far from being a minority or stereotype, learning about a country’s culture, or getting out to observe more in your own region for that matter, is a popular pastime, interest, and in some areas, may lead to excellent career opportunities.
Besides the obvious benefits of studying culture in education, there are currently some ideal pro-action plans to bridge certain gaps that have been observed in our modern society today.
One website that discusses culture in the classroom, highlights the following interesting point: ‘Educators today hear a lot about gaps in education – achievement gaps, funding gaps, school-readiness gaps. Still, there’s another gap that often goes unexamined: the cultural gap between students and teachers.’
‘Cultural education consists of the capacity for reflection. Children and also youngsters in cultural education learn to reflect upon their own culture, culture of others and culture in general.’ A noble goal indeed.
‘And this capacity for reflection is in principle trained in many different forms: it can be through journalism for instance or through history but also through the arts. I think the arts are one of the main forms of self-consciousness, cultural self-consciousness but also philosophy, science and also lessons for example in citizenship.’
Learning a language is another bridge that when crossed, can unite various cultures. For example, AP Spanish Language and Culture is equivalent to an intermediate level college course in Spanish. Students cultivate their understanding of Spanish language and culture by applying interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations. Also among the many benefits of learning such, are concepts related to family and communities, personal and public identities, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, and global challenges.