Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Reimers and Gardner

Having read Reimers chapter 14, I agree that we need to prepare students for "global competency".  I felt his most compelling point was that we need to do more to help students  learn to be tolerant and to respect people that are different from themselves.  This was also what I felt Gardner was saying in his last paragraph: ..."we must attend unflinchingly to the kinds of human beings that will inhabit it [the world] and the ways in which they deal with one another under often trying circumstances." I feel we are aware of and we try to teach the other aspects of  "global competency" that he talked about, but I feel we do not do enough directly to try to help our students become better more tolerant people.  We do some, but as the moment arises as we teach, not as a central part of our curriculum.

Margaret Hardy
Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Middle School 
Language Department Head

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