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Global Education May 23, 2010

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Walking in the city center of Tallinn last night we heard so many different languages. The couple across from us at dinner was French; my friend distinguished Russian from Estonian or Finnish in a shop where we bought post cards; I heard German and a couple languages with which neither of us were familiar, and a Japanese tour arrived in our hotel later when I was sitting in the lobby. The richness of culture is all around us, and I wonder about the unilingual, inexperienced American youth and how we can truly help them become globally aware, connected, and responsible if we remain so disconnected from the rest of the world. What is happening in American schools? How can we share the information?

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1. Julie Roche' - May 23, 2010

I often think of the difference in Americans that are globally aware and those that are not as the difference between 1-Dimensional and 3-D. It just seems to me that Americans who have been oversees, traveled even w/in the States or have relationships w/ people that come from another culture seem to have more layers. Those that have not expereienced the world around them and live in their “American” bubble are like going to a 3-D movie and not wearing the glasses. We need to give our children the glasses so they can really “see” the world. I am so blessed to have had the expereince of living in another country. I know this cannot happen for most people, but we need to expose our kids to as many cultures and people as possible. I also truly believe the only way to really understand a culture is to befriend someone from that culture and share life w/ them. I would think that web casting should open up this world to our kids in ways that were never available in the past. The globe is so small now. If we stay isolated it is our own fault and we will regret it!

Oops – my “comment” is now longer than your blog. Guess that’s just me!

2. Brad - July 28, 2010

I really don’t wish for my children to be global citizens. The only regret we will have is if we become global citizens, and thus have a global entity decide to “spread the wealth” to other global citizens.

The regret you should feel is how children today don’t realize they are living in the greatest country in the world *what’s that called…nationalism* instead they feel they are entitled to something without having to work hard for it.

Let’s stop worrying about the global education, and actually focus on teaching kids about the founding of our country, the rich history we have, and how we have accomplished more in 200 years than any other country has in a thousand years.

3. Sandra Dop - July 29, 2010

I totally agree with you about patriotism, Brad. In fact, I was accused of being a bit fanitical on Facebook last month by a new friend I had met on a recent trip to Finland. My husband was in the Marines and the Army for 25 years–you will not find a more patriotic family. But we must also realize that as much as we love America, the world is so very connected now in ways that it wasn’t 25 or 30 years ago. We have to help our children know how to navigate a new economical system in which they compete for jobs with the world not just thier neighbors. Multiple authors are warning that if a job can be outsource, it will be, or if it can be automated, it will be–or already has been. So what is left? We must become more creative, critical thinkers. If Americans want jobs that uphold our standard of living, we must become more valuable in something.

What I said was that I wonder “how we can truly help them become globally aware, connected, and responsible.” So we must do both–we must teach them about what is right and good about America and to be proud, dedicated, involved citizens of the greatest republic ever as well as to interact with people and cultures that are much different from ours.

Thanks for adding to the conversation.
Sandra

4. Penny - December 6, 2013

Your style is unique compared to other people I’ve read stuff from.

Thank you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this page.


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