There are several relevant links posted on our assignment page. This evening I chose to watch the link below which is linked to youtube:
Global citizenship post 9/11, episode; How do they do it in the USA, 2008? (27 min.)
This is a wonderful documentary on how some American schools are implementing awareness on globalization in the curriculum.
There were several great examples. Teaching a foreign language seems quite an obvious one to us Europeans. But what was interesting to watch was how two teachers combined some of their art and Spanish classes. The Spanish teacher would ask the students questions about their art work in Spanish. This is an interesting way for the students to practice their language skills in a more relaxed environment. The teacher stressed the importance that American students need to learn a foreign so they actively can show that they want to be able to communicate with others than themselves.
Another teacher had her students participate in activities and read relevant present articles that made her students reflect upon what it means to live in a globalized world.
My favourite was a teacher who had her class learn to debate as UN delegates. The students were each given a country to represent. Then they were to search for specific information. Later they met to debate an important topic, which affected several countries in different ways. One student said that this class gave her a whole new perspective on how people live in other countries.
The documentary stressed the importance of teaching children the tools and the knowledge so they can help change the world, develop mechanisms for people to work out differences in opinion in other ways than war or terrorism.