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ERIC Number: ED502295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Education for Global Leadership: The Importance of International Studies and Foreign Language Education for U.S. Economic and National Security. Executive Summary
Committee for Economic Development
As we begin the twenty-first century, technological, economic, political, and social forces have created a new era. Technological advancements and lower trade barriers have paved the way for the globalization of markets, bringing intense competition to the U.S. economy. Political systems and movements around the world are having a profound impact on our national security, as well as on our human security. The increasing diversity of our workplaces, schools, and communities is changing the face of our society. To confront the twenty-first century challenges to our economy and national security, our education system must be strengthened to increase the foreign language skills and cultural awareness of our students. America's continued global leadership will depend on our students' abilities to interact with the world community both inside and outside our borders. In this executive summary, the Committee for Economic Development recommends that (1) international content should be taught across the curriculum and at all levels of learning, to expand American students' knowledge of other countries and cultures; (2) expand the training pipeline at every level of education to address the paucity of Americans fluent in foreign languages, especially critical, less commonly taught languages; and (3) national leaders--political leaders, as well as the business and philanthropic communities, and the media--should inform the public about the importance of improving education in foreign languages and international studies. [For the full report, see ED502294.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Committee for Economic Development
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