Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Summer reading

I was glad to see in professor's Reimers' writing ( Educating for Global competency) the mention of the need of "attitudinal and ethical disposition to make it possible to interact peacefully, respectfully and productively". When I read the Asia Institute Publication, I felt there was something missing, I read about "civic participation, self expression, social life and health" and the emphasis on the common Core Standards in Math and Literacy. Where was the human dimension?

It was mentioned when they talked about countries like India but not as a definition of what is global competence.  
Interestingly enough it is an integral part of the Maastrich Global Education declaration where they mention a "world of greater justice, equity and human rights for all". 
I am therefore curious to see if the study led to interesting conclusions since I believe it was based in different countries.
Of course, after reading these two reports and as a language teacher, I am thrilled to see that there is some recognition about the need and benefits of learning a second language!
So..can you imagine if we taught more than one language as they do in many countries in Europe???  Soizick

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