Global education, the term itself creates confusion and consternation among academics, but can be defined as teaching children about the world and thereby helping them develop a global mindset. It includes learning a foreign language and provides a much better overall education for today’s children.
Wherever we live, we should expect to be sharing our schools, communities, neighborhoods, clubs, and houses of worship with people from increasingly diverse backgrounds, the ones that globalization brought here. With this diverse population, our children have the important means of building friendships with different children to bridge the gap between cultures.
We must inspire our children to be curious about the world and to become globally aware. We must teach our children to appreciate, communicate and interact with people across different cultures and in other countries — and that includes learning a second language as early as possible and studying abroad if feasible.
There are plenty of stories to be found on the “wake-up call” that’s needed (but we said the same thing three years ago), but what, exactly, are we being called to “wake up” to? As a parent and business person who advocates for greater global awareness and more foreign language learning in our schools, a few things stand out.
Raising global children does not have to cost much money, nor does it require hundreds of hours of free time. The single most important part of raising global children is to instill in them the right attitude.
Raising global children is one of the most important things that we, as parents, can do for our children – and for the long-term prosperity of our country. Working together, teachers and parents can raise global children, expanding their personal horizons and opening up a world of personal and professional opportunities.
Raising Global Children is packed with practical information, hundreds of tips and dozens of real-life stories. This combination parenting-educational advocacy book is the first of its kind to detail what raising global children means, why global awareness is important and how to develop a global mindset.
Teacher Treks is an innovative program that recognizes the importance of travel and cross-cultural experiences as a critical teaching contribution. If you are a teacher or know one, the application deadline is March 15, 2013.