Friday, February 14, 2014

Globalize 2014: Common Core and Global Education

In Fall 2013, 87% of the United States K-12 schools began adapting the Common Core Standards.  The Common Core Standards aim to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.  They are designed to be relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that young people need for success in college, careers and in a global economy.  However, Elizabeth Howald  of Primary Source, believes the Standards overlook learning about diverse cultures and histories.  

Though there are numerous resources for teachers to use and implement Common Core, and the authors of are clear on the importance of global awareness, but the resources "lack an international dimension".  Without sufficient support to implement and integrate Global curriculum, we are failing students in preparing them for successful personal, academic and professional lives.  Howald ends the article by giving examples of how Global curriculum and Common Core work together, emphasizing how accessible Global information is to educators.  She acknowledges the hard work that educators have ahead of them, but ensures that integrating Global education into curriculum will result in the effective implementation of Common Core Standards.

Global Education advocates should take advantage of our current educational climate, and support Educators and Education Institutions in Globalizing their curriculum.

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