“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it”
– Terry Pratchett
At APS, the value of open mindedness is defined as ‘taking on ideas an perspectives in a critical and thoughtful way’.
Having an open mind is not just about expanding your own views and understanding, its also about allowing other people the opportunity to feel comfortable with sharing their views, knowing that they will be listened to. Students have discussed how relevant this is at APS during from time and come up with some areas that they think open mindedness could positively impact people experience at school. these included;
- when a teacher tries a new teaching technique
- when a new club starts
- when you are having a conversation with someone that views a situation differently to you
Try having a conversation with someone you wouldn’t usually speak to and notice how this can affect your own opinion in a positive way.