Be smart about global learning
When we talk about de Tocqueville in American high schools, we are talking about the French 19th century revolutionary. But his ideas are just as relevant today.
If we are to teach 21st century students the importance of global engagement, we need to teach them some very specific things. First, we need to teach students to want to be globally engaged. They need to be willing to travel, to learn, to be creative, and to take risks. Second, we need to teach them to think critically. We need to highlight and highlight the important concepts and ideas that surround the global world, and to teach our students to assimilate and think critically of those ideas. Finally, we need to teach our students to maintain their critical understanding of the world and the cultures and countries they come into contact with.
I believe that by deepening our global appreciation and understanding of our world, our students will create a richer context for our conversations and discussions in the classroom, and will be better prepared to make informed decisions for themselves and for the global world around them.