What Do Bread, Brot and Education Have in Common?

Why this blog?

Think for a moment about the word bread. What pops into your mind?

I (Cate) was a teenage exchange student in Germany when I realized that the meaning Germans attach to the word Brot was very different from the one I attached to bread.

For me, bread was pre-sliced, squishy, and white. Perfect for a buttery grilled cheddar cheese sandwich.

That I’d eat for lunch.

On a plate.

With my hands.

photo by Svenstorm

For my German friends, Brot was a round loaf of freshly baked, unsliced, whole-grain bread. Perfect for a cold, open-faced Emmentaler cheese sandwich.

That they’d eat for dinner.

On a wooden board.

With a knife and fork.

photo by SusanneK

If we have such different mental concepts of something as basic as bread, how different might our cultural constructions of school, education, and teaching be?

These questions keep me up at night. And now they fuel this blog project.

Question: What would you like to know about schools in other countries?

About the Author: Cate Brubaker

Dr. Cate Brubaker is a re-entry/repatriation coach, consultant, and author of the Re-Entry Roadmap creative workbook and the Study Abroad Re-entry Toolkit. Cate has lived in Germany, worked and traveled in 36 countries on four continents, and has helped all kinds of globetrotters successfully navigate global transitions for over 20 years.

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