Is A Global Education A Better Education?Posted on Apr 4, 2012 | 10 comments
So let me ask you something.
Why is it important for kids to travel? Why does it matter? Does it matter?
Why is knowing about the world and becoming a global citizen a big deal? Is it a big deal?
Obviously, we have decided as a family that teaching our kids to become global citizens is as important as math, science, and physical education. Global citizenship is a school subject for us. It permeates our education. It is part of our lives on every level.
I believe in helping my children become global citizens via education, but why? Why is it important? What makes global learning good for kids?
I've got a little project for you worldly folk. I could use your help and ideas. I want to get a discussion rolling. Your contributions and comments are greatly appreciated.
Today I had the privilege to meet with a group of people who are on a mission to help educate children as global citizens. They want to bring the world to the classroom. They want to train teachers to educate children in ways that will help them become long-term global learners. They have all the knowledge, resources, and experience they need to make this happen, but what they're missing is proof that global learning is actually as beneficial as math, science and the rest.
How do we convince others that global learning is an essential aspect of education?
How do we know global learning helps to create positive members of society?
Let's say this is the scenario:
You are going to meet before a local school board. As always, there is a budget. This budget includes salaries, facilities, and programs. These programs may include things like math, art, physical education, but now you want to add something else. You want to train the school's educators to become global educators. You want to start incorporating global education into the curriculum of your child's school. You believe it will improve the overall educational experience of students on many levels, but you have to convince others to add global education and training to the school's budget. You have a qualified organization that can do this job well, but you need to convince the powers that be it will work.
Convince me to bring a group of people into the school to train teachers and supply resources to help make our kids empowered global citizens. Tell me what you know. Tell me how to prove global learning is beneficial to all children. Tell me how global learning impacts our education. And if you disagree, tell me that as well. Let me know what you think.
It's brainstorming 101 time here. I know many of you have passionate beliefs on the subject of global learning and I would love to hear your thoughts.
Much thanks! I look forward to the discussion.
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