Here’s an example of the way Facebook can broaden local perspective.
My older son is currently doing Year 12 IB (International Baccalaureate). He joined an IB related Facebook group (You Know When You’re in IB When …) , and read that northern hemisphere IB students had already finished. Thinking that he could attract some pity, he wrote that his end of the world had 6 months of IB to go. Here’s his post:
Sasha Sheko (Ivanhoe Grammar School) wroteon May 15, 2008 at 9:29 PM
That’s right… You guys are done but us people in the Southern Hemisphere (i.e. Australia) have six months to go.
The response from an IB student in Lebanon took him by surprise:
(I had to conceal some language)
Omar ‘Boobass’ Boubess (American Community School Beirut) wroteon May 18, 2008 at 9:50 AM
holyy sh* so u guys take the november tests?? goodluck with that…if this could make u feel better there was a civil war here in Lebanon and we still had to make our way thru all the shellings and rpg’s (<< yes f*ing RPG’s) and get to school to take the test.. god bless IB 🙂
Yes, Omar, you win….