As nations become villages in a global city, as borders become but crossing lines between nations, from culture to politics and sports, ideas and capital are transferring and spanning the world. The globalization of business, education, and the advances in technology require the ability to work on a global scale. As a result of this new connectivity, our high school graduates will need to be far more knowledgeable about world regions and global issues, and able to communicate across cultures and languages.
Students will not only learn the content standards at higher levels, they will also develop critical global competencies in:
- Cause and effect of environmental changes and sustainability.
- Cause and effect of population growth and movement.
- Economic development.
- Global conflict and cooperation.
- Health and human development.
- Human rights.
- Cultural identity and diversity.
Students should demonstrate through their work how they:
- Investigate the world beyond their immediate environment.
- Recognize their own and others’ perspectives.
- Communicate their ideas effectively and with diverse audiences.
- Translate their ideas and findings into appropriate actions to improve conditions.
Increase knowledge of international-development and cooperation issues (e.g. rights of children, gender inequities, human rights, environmental global issues).
- Instill an understanding of global interdependence and responsibilities of nations members of the global village (and other related concepts e.g., globalization, rights and responsibilities, social justice, diversity, equity, peace and conflict).
- Raise awareness of the role played by individuals and organizations in relief and development efforts.
- Instill a sense of global citizenship and increase awareness of the difference that individual and collective actions can make on issues of global importance.
CHARACTERISTICS: Student must gain the following competencies
- Ability to look at and approach problems as a member of a global society.
- Ability to work with others in a cooperative way and to take responsibility for one’s roles (and) duties within society.
- Ability to understand, accept, appreciate, and tolerate cultural differences.
- Capacity to think in a critical and systemic way.
- Willingness to resolve conflict in a non-violent manner.
- Ability to be sensitive towards and to defend human rights.
- Willingness to participate in politics locally, nationally, and internationally.