Q. What is a global education and why is it important for our children?
A. Global education begins with the ability of a student to exhibit empathy and compassion. This starts as early as the toddler age, when teachers are modeling active listening. At the preschool age, students begin to acquire more cultural knowledge and appreciate diversity. School-age students develop their international-mindedness by becoming aware of global issues such as climate change, economic disparity, etc., through much research and discussion. The idea is to journey with them beyond the walls of the classroom and empower them to reach out and make a difference in their own communities and throughout the world. It can start in someplace as simple as a food pantry, but it can extend around the world. A global education cultivates open-mindedness, allows students to consider multiple perspectives, and empowers them to forge their own path forward.
Joanne Chatlos \ Associate Head of School for Academics & IB Middle Years Programmer Coordinator \ Alcuin School \ www.alcuinschool.org