The stated purpose of the country’s focus on college and career standards is to prepare our students to compete in the global economy. These standards call for skills such as critical thinking, collaborative skills, and technology.
But very little mention is made of the skills that will truly help them work and compete in the interconnected, multicultural, multinational 21st century workplace. Collectively, these skills are known as global competency.
What is global competence?
Grouped together under the phrase “global competence”, these skills include:
- Relating to people with different perspectives and backgrounds
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
Why global competency is imperative?
The demographic data demonstrates the need for global competency in education more than ever. Three-quarters of the world’s purchasing power is found outside the US. Job growth in international trade exceeds 100% on 20-year averages.
However, only 20% of states have more than a quarter of their students taking a foreign language in school. Foreign language classes tend to be the only exposure students have to other cultures, other than the multicultural classmates that are becoming more prevalent in the nation’s schools (another reason for global competency).
What can be done?
We’ve partnered with OpenGlobe, the leader in cultural education, to offer their courses that focus on the cultures of China, Japan, the U.S., Germany, France, and the Latin American region. Students participate in interactive modules and in-person activities designed to give them an immersive cultural experience to dovetail with the state-of-the-art language programming they receive through Rosetta Stone.
To better explain OpenGlobe offerings and their views on the importance of global competency, Chief Creative Officer Ted Dale will be presenting an informative webinar about how educators can enhance their instruction with cultural competency.
This valuable webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 8th at 4:00 pm Eastern. Click here to register today!