How Important IS a Global Education – See What The US DOE Thinks

As an NJEA member last year (certified H.S. business teacher), I got to attend both days of the 2013 conference.  I love great conferences, and I think the NJEA convention is one of the best I’ve attended.  This year I’d really love to attend, but also to present.  I want to present a class to teachers on one of my favorite subject – Global Education.

Any teacher knows that before we can present a lesson in class, the lesson has to meet a high level standard, nowadays it’s the Common Core State Standards.  So, I went on a search to see what standards my proposed presentation would address.
Before I even got to the standards, I came across a fantastic article written by the US Department of Education.  It is called “Succeeding Globally Through International Education and Engagement; US DOE’s International Strategy for 2012-2016” published in 2012.

I want to highlight what is talks about, and if you are interested you can check it out in it’s entirely by clicking the link I provide at the bottom of this post.

Introduction  The US DOE’s first ever fully articulated international strategy; it addresses the value of: a world-class education for all students; global competencies for all students; international bench-marking and applying lessons learned from other countries; and education diplomacy and engagement with other countries.

The strategy affirms the DOE’s commitment to preparing today’s youth, and our country more broadly, for a globalized world, and to engaging with the international community to improve education.

Why an International Focus?  In today’s globalized world, an effective domestic education must address global needs and trends and aim to develop a globally competent citizenry.  Students need to be prepared for a world in which the following are the reality:

Economic Competitiveness and Jobs  Today’s youth will be competing for jobs with peers around the world.

Global Challenges   Today’s students will need to have the substantive knowledge and understanding to address issues, phenomena and catastrophes that cut across borders.

A Diverse US Society  It is essential that our youth be able to communicate and work with neighbors, coworkers, and friends with different cultural traditions and perspectives.

Conclusion  The entire strategy reflects the importance of a world-class education for all, so that we have a nation, and a world, that is informed, engaged, and prepared to deal effectively with the global challenges that will face us.

The document is a great read, if you would like to see it in it’s entirety (20 pages); you can find it here

Now, getting back to my personal goal for the day, which was not to write this blog post on global education (although I am glad I did), but to prepare a proposal to submit to the  NJEA in the hopes of presenting at next years Teacher’s Convention.

Not only would I like to introduce the US DOE’s International Strategy to NJ’s teachers; I’d like to offer some ideas and also technology apps that can facilitate global education learning in the classroom, across all academic disciplines.

Beyond that I would love to share with teachers what I know about affording, planning and enjoying extended, authentic, cultural, global family travel.  Since teachers have the summer off, they are perhaps the perfect candidates for this type of travel.  I so want to share what I know, so more teachers and their families can be rewarded with global travel.

Furthermore, what teachers learn on their travels, they are likely to be pass on to their students.  Teachers traveling with their own children, could not hope to provide them a better global education.  It’s a win-win for all!

Finally, if you are a teacher, would you be interested in attending a seminar such as the one I propose at your states teacher convention?  If so, let me know what state and when they have their annual conference, and I’ll look into proposing the seminar to them.  Or, have your school district invite me to speak to them directly.

About Kerry Ascione

Past business and IT professional turned travel writer, blogger, speaker and coach. Huge supporter of the Peer Sharing Movement, especially as it relates to making the lives of families richer in culture and travel. Author of Have Home Will Travel, The Ultimate International Home Exchange Guide for Families.
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