Global competence a must for U.S. students and teachers, National Ed. Assoc. says

“The 21st century isn’t coming; it’s already here…Public schools must prepare our young people to understand and address global issues, and educators must re-examine their teaching strategies and curriculum so that all students can thrive in this global and interdependent society,” writes Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association (NEA), in a recently released policy brief addressing the importance of global competence for U.S. students and teachers. 

The NEA brief points to four areas in particular in which American students and teachers should build capacity—international awareness, appreciation of cultural diversity, proficiency in foreign languages, and competitive skills—noting that building global competence also enhances overall academic achievement. 

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