ERIC Number: ED316447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
America in Transition: The International Frontier. Report of the Task Force on International Education.
National Governors' Association, Washington, DC.
More than ever, U.S. economic well-being is intertwined with that of other countries through expanding international trade, financial markets, and investments. National security, and even world stability, depend upon U.S. understanding of and communication with other countries. Therefore, international education must be an integral part of the education of every student. This report highlights individual examples of worthy international education programs at all levels from across the country. These pockets of progress must be nurtured and expanded until they grow into a national commitment to international education. State governors must take the lead in creating an international focus for the U.S. educational system at all levels. Critical to the success of this effort will be the involvement of a broad coalition including teachers, school administrators and board members, legislators, university presidents, college faculty, and the business community. The following objectives for state action are recommended: (1) international education must become part of the basic education of all of students; (2) more students must gain proficiency in foreign languages; (3) teachers must know more about international issues; (4) schools and teachers must be aware of the wealth of resources and materials that are available for international education; (5) all college and university graduates must be knowledgeable about the broader world and conversant in another language; (6) business and community support of international education should be increased; and (7) the business community must have access to international education, particularly information about export markets, trade regulations, and overseas cultures. A 50-item bibliography is included. (JB)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Foreign Culture, Global Approach, Government Role, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, International Education, International Studies, Second Languages, State Action
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC.