Introduction–Why Global Education is Important
Global Education you say, what is that? Why should I teach it? Why should my school make global education part of the curriculum?
If you are reading this, then you are using some kind of digital device manufactured somewhere outside the United States. Odds are, the clothes you are wearing while reading this were made outside the US. Actually, if you were to inventory your home, probably less than 10% of your household goods were manufactured in the US.
Brazil, China, and India are on track to surpass the US in consumption of goods and overall size of their economies. Chinese is the most spoken language in the world followed by Spanish. Our communities’ children are watching youtube videos made by people their age but in another country and probably in another language.
Now ask yourself–do our students in the US possess the skills that will enable them to compete in a global labor market? Do our US students understand how culture effects peoples’ behaviors? Can our students have an impact in a country where they cannot speak the language? Do American students possess the skills required to be an agent of change, not just in their community, but possible the world?
Simply put, global education with a focus on core global competencies will ensure that the answer to the questions above are all yes. This website is the place where you can find out about global education, why it is important to incorporate into classrooms, some suggestions for how to do so, and resources to help you include global competencies in your curriculum so our student can start being the change agents we know they can be.
What is Global Education? At its simplest, global education is learning how to apply content and skills learned inside a school toward greater understanding of the world outside the school, the state, and the nation. One might call global education a skills-based approach toward developing broader perspectives.
Why global education? The Department of Labor statistic says it all: 65% of elementary student right now will hold a job that doesn’t yet exist. Our education system has been “producing” workers with specific jobs in mind but is not nimble enough to create curriculum to prepare for the unknown. As the world “flattens” and developing countries develop, markets will open and workers will be needed. Understanding language, culture, economic and political systems of emerging markets will be critical to being competitive in the 21st century workforce. Global education prepares students for this uncertainty by developing skills that will help compete in global markets.
The purpose of this guide is to serve as a “one stop shop” for learning how to incorporate global education in your classroom. Additionally, it will serve as a repository of resources for students, teachers, administrators, and communities to learn about global education.
This guide is best used as one would use a database. There are lesson plan ideas, local community resources, school resources, Powerpoint presentations, reference documents, and a travel blog–all of which is meant to help you both understand global education and incorporate it into your classroom, school, district, or state.
How to use this site:
When using this web site to help globalize your classroom, there are basically 3 tabs that concern the global teacher: Travel Blog (TGC), Global Study, and Global Teaching.
The Travel Blog details my daily adventures in the Republic of Georgia as part of my Teachers for Global Classrooms field experience. There are lots of pictures and should tell the reader how impactful travel can be.
Global Study has resources for how to assess students for global competencies. There are rubrics as well as web sites to help you.
Global Teaching has resources to help teachers, students, and community members bring a global awareness to their respective environment.
Both Global Teaching and Global Study have globally relevant documents and web links on the right hand side. Download and use as you need.