The world is changing and children are naturally curious about their surroundings. Today’s children are born into a global society and thanks to social media and the Internet; events around the world are now as immediate as those across town. Places once distant and inaccessible are now our trading partners and business contacts; their people - our neighbors and colleagues. To prepare students to understand and operate in a global society, global studies integration is essential. The Harless Center believes global perspectives should be incorporated into all content areas to increase understanding, thinking, motivations and actions of others across the world as well as a better appreciation of our own.
Global studies integration in the 21st century is crucial. By incorporating global perspectives in teaching, links can easily be made between local and global issues and students are given the opportunity to make informed decisions about what role they may play in the global community.
What do we gain from Global awareness?
o Students who can critically examine their own values and attitudes as well as those of others
o Students who appreciate the similarities between peoples everywhere and value diversity
o Students who think globally and act locally
o Students that see the importance in combating injustice, prejudice and discrimination
o Students that are literate about world geography and know and care what is happening in the world around them
o Students who understand the inevitability of change and the need for adaptation
o Students who understand the importance of protecting their environment
Today’s global learners are tomorrow’s global leaders. Students who can learn and work collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts will be successful in tomorrow’s changing landscape.