The National Education Association (NEA) has just issued a policy brief outlining recommendations on areas where today's students (and tomorrow's workforce) need additional training in order to be competitive in our technology-driven, interconnected and global economic future.
According to the policy brief, "Global competence must become part of the core mission of education - from K-12 through graduate school." As part of this mission, the NEA has outlined ways that school districts, local government, states and the federal government can take first positive steps in order to bring cultural awareness, language proficiency, and ethnic diversity into "every classroom and every school".
One of the many steps they outlined is to "Find new ways to foster International Exchange", through expanded opportunities for students and their teachers to study and travel abroad, as well as encouraging the use of technology for "virtual exchanges" where students and teachers can communicate with other countries.
The full NEA report "Global Competence is a 21st Century Imperative" can be downloaded here: http://www.nea.org/home/36073.htm
A fan of independent cinema and proponent of the Oxford comma, Matthew began his career at a Miami-based tech startup before returning to West Virginia University to pursue his M.A. in Foreign Languages. He has worked at InterExchange since 2006 and currently serves as a Marketing Project Manager.