ERIC Number: ED278581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
A Beginning: Building Global Competence.
Hayden, Rose L.
State Education Leader, v2 n4 p1-3 Fall 1983
There seems to be little argument that the United States should have an education system that produces at least a minimum number of experts about other peoples, cultures, and languages, as well as professionals in business and government who can transact negotiations across national borders. Citizens should have the knowledge to comprehend and support government policies in an interconnected world. In 1978, the Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies examined the problem of building U.S. citizen competence in world affairs. It suggested that every state should establish an advisory council on Foreign Language and International Studies to advise and recommend ways to strengthen these fields in education. Currently, 16 states have taken action to enhance U.S. competence in world affairs. Despite the progress which has been made in internationalizing public instruction, much remains to be done. States must bolster requirements for teacher education by encouraging participation in international projects. Also, higher standards and priorities must be set for the teaching of international education and cultural heritage. These reforms will help prepare people for an increasingly interconnected world. (APG)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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