The Benefits Associated with a Global Education
Speaking for myself as the parent of two, I feel that the greatest gift that I have given my children is the gift of global travel.
I’ve always felt that that my children’s early exposure to other cultures would change or shape the way they see the world, for the better. That is very important to me. This is how I see it.
When a child sees something, it becomes part of his or her natural world. That’s why travel is so beneficial for them. The more they travel, the vaster their natural world, the more they feel connected to the world at large. They are so much more likely to become more accepting, tolerant, kinder human beings.
That alone is enough of a reason for me.
But there is much more at stake today. The benefits of a global education have recently become a hot topic in education, in the global marketplace, and maybe in your own home? It’s easy to understand why.
Because of technology, we live in an increasingly global society; our livelihoods depend on us becoming global citizens. As global citizens we are all becoming interdependent on one another.
The benefit of global travel is no longer the idealistic one I described above. Now the benefits of a global education are economic – hence the mainstream interest. A global education is now considered paramount to our countries success, and our success as individuals.
If we, as individuals, do not have a global mindset, one of openness, tolerance and respect, eventually we will be left behind economically.
Just this week, a good article on the subject of global education came to me through my twitter feed. I re-tweeted it and it got picked up by quite a few followers. I guess I’m not the only one who found it very interesting, so I’ve included an excerpt here.
7 Global Education Facts & Statistics that Reflect A Changing World
Technology has changed the world’s landscape.
“In a 21st-century world where jobs can be shipped wherever there’s an Internet connection…… a child born in Dallas is now competing with a child in New Delhi.”
That’s a quote from President Obama, who himself benefited greatly from an international childhood and education himself. He also states
“As teachers, educators and mentors we need to prepare students for a world where borders between continents are blurred, where companies will be formed over the Internet and where learning about other cultures in classrooms will be as ubiquitous as learning to read.”
To illustrate the urgency of teaching global education in your classroom, we have gathered seven statistics that just might surprise you.
Note: this excerpt only the conclusions based on the statistics referenced in the full article.
- As technology makes our world more accessible, and because classrooms are increasingly diverse, students recognize the need to understand the cultures of others, as well as their own.
- Students are interested in being better global citizens. Learning about world events in the classroom allows them to study the past in order to change the future.
- Global learning encourages awareness and critical thinking about issues such as poverty, climate change, religious and cultural differences, world trade and politics.
- There is broad understanding that globalization results in companies that are more diverse than ever before.
- Students are correct in recognizing that jobs are becoming increasingly international. The number of multinational corporations continues to rise as developments in technology and transportation revolutionize the work force.
- English is no longer the dominant world language. For students becoming global citizens, knowing a second language will be critical. Note: There are more than 1 billion people who speak Chinese, and only 508 million people who speak English.
- European schools are creating bilingual students who will be seen as much more valuable to multinational companies. In the future, people will be expected to speak more than one language in order to successfully compete in the workplace.
Here is the link to the full article http://bit.ly/1gxgieU
I’ll leave off on that for now; but I can assure you that if you, parents, are not yet seeing subject matter related to global education being introduced to your children in one or more of their subject areas, you should be.
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