Around the World in 90 Minutes

 “When my parents asked what I learned from my first overseas journey – a two year trip – I replied: ‘I no longer have the right to complain about anything.’” – Michael Harrold.
“When my parents asked what I learned from my first overseas journey – a two year trip – I replied: ‘I no longer have the right to complain about anything.’” – Michael Harrold.
Admittedly, he doesn’t do ‘vacations,’ and travels for months at a time with only his backpack.
Admittedly, he doesn’t do ‘vacations,’ and travels for months at a time with only his backpack.
 “Spears have been replaced by guns, even in the deepest and most remote parts of the planet. These are the realities of the developing world.”
“Spears have been replaced by guns, even in the deepest and most remote parts of the planet. These are the realities of the developing world.”

We hear from Social Studies Chairperson Mr. Jay Corcoran that Walt Whitman freshman got an extra boost in the Global History classes today. World traveler and photographer Mike Harrold took our students on a unique and enthralling interactive exploration of the World, as he knows it.  In the classroom our students are learning about the ancient river valley civilizations (specifically Egypt) and the transformation from Paleolithic Times to Neolithic Times, the program investigates the religious beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians and examines religions of the non-Western world - Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.

Students will "journey" to the sites of these religions and learn how the adherents incorporate these religions into their daily existence (Hindus in Varanasi, India; Buddhists in Southeast Asia; Muslims in Egypt; animists in Sub-Saharan Africa). “I’ve traveled extensively for the past 30 years to over 80 countries,” said Mike Harrold as he laid out an impressive display of artifacts collected to give his audiences a real hands-on experience.

Mike also did smaller group sessions recounting his traveling adventures, how he decided to be a world traveler (starting right here on Long Island), and how he makes his trips months at a time where he hikes to remote villages and immerses himself into that particular culture.

Presentations like this are sure to leave a lasting imprint on our students and help support their classroom studies. Thank you Mike Harrold.