A topic that has garnered importance recently, especially in light of today's interconnected world, is the idea of global competence in students. A recent article in Education Week delves into the necessity for students to develop knowledge and skills in global competence. This starts with an understanding of how issues of global concern are often not just local issues, but they can often impact societies around the world. Just think about the impact of deadly viruses like Zika and Ebola; the flow of migrants from war-torn regions in the world; and on a positive note: the Olympic competitors from around the globe. The importance of understanding cultural perspectives and diversity helps students learn to communicate better with others and also encourages students to want to make a difference in the world around them.
Educators are encouraged to integrate global perspectives and an appreciation and understanding of cultural diversity in their classrooms to facilitate a global mindset. If students are expected to be able to compete and participate as global citizens, their knowledge must start in today's classrooms. . By supplying students with content that encourages and emphasizes global competence, educators help to foster a more peaceful and interconnected world.
By: Jennifer Larson