In our increasingly connected global society, it is more important than ever for our youth to possess knowledge of the world beyond their borders, a knowledge that will enable them to understand the connectedness of the world in which they live. According to “It’s Time to Get Serious About Global Education”, by Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and Director ofInternational Education Policy Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education, global education is imperative for students to be able to better understand “the major global risks in the areas of economics, geopolitics, the environment, society and technology”. In response to the need for global education, Reimers asserts, “We need to begin to develop explicit curriculum that leads to deep understanding of global affairs.” Reimers, however, recognizes that the current methods of global education, one day cultural festivals or one unit spent on another culture, are excellent in building multicultural appreciation but ineffective in teaching the expertise needed to combat the global risks that currently affect our world, as students. Educators need to incorporate lessons that educate students about the major risks that affect our world, that enable them to personally connect to those issues, and, most importantly, that teach students how to take action.
“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” ~ Confucius
The Power of One
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