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to St. Augustine: “Te world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. Tis quote summarises exactly what I am trying to say. In a society dominated by what we read and see in digital media, it is more important than ever to travel if you have the opportunity and to see with your own eyes people from other countries, other cultures, other religions and under- stand their point of view. By doing so, a lot of misconceptions can be erased forever. I am convinced that the expat commu-


nity can see the black, the white and espe- cially the grey. I believe that we are able to use common sense in a way that many people don’t. Tis is why, when we go back to our own country for a visit or to live, we do not see things the same way we used to. We often find that we no longer share the opinions of our family and friends like we used to. Why? Because we have a broader view of the world and we have learned to respect and understand the perspectives of others. Tanks to my job in an international


school with a community comprised of more than 50 nationalities, I can see how important is to teach our students how to go to the source for relevant information


and how to identify media manipulation. Tese students are very privileged in many ways, but perhaps the most important ben- efit of their international education is that they have travelled beyond borders and into the world. Tey know each other by their names not by the colour of their skin. Tey see the commonalities as well as the differences among their peers. As a result, perhaps, they will be better equipped to discern fact from opinion and see the value of understanding other points of view. Digital media is here to stay, for better


or for worse. It is imperative that everyone, regardless of their age or generation, learns that not everything that appears on social media platforms is true. Before reaching conclusions, we need to check the facts using reputable sources. Unfortunately, we often learn from our


own mistakes. It is important to correct this current phenomenon of an extremely divided society manipulated by targeted media as soon as possible. Te conse- quences could be catastrophic, and it will be the new generations who will suffer the most. My hope is that, sooner rather than later, common sense will prevail.


Angel Lozano is the director of institutional advancement at TASIS The American


School in England. He and his family lived in Spain, the US, and South Korea before moving to the UK. Find out more at www.tasisengland.org.


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