Raising global children does not have to cost much money, nor does it require hundreds of hours of free time. The single most important part of raising global children is to instill in them the right attitude.
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Teacher Treks is one more step in the right direction. Bravo to IIE and Hilton HHonors for recognizing the importance of travel and cross-cultural experiences as a critical teaching contribution.
Although I admit we focused on the delicious dishes at hand -- every one of them a tasty treat -- we also discussed China then and now. It was a rich family experience on many fronts.
More people in the world are bilingual than monolingual -- except in the United States. Something's wrong with this picture.
Parents can raise more globally-aware children by introducing them to multicultural cuisines early on; cultural festivals, library and museum visits can open up the world.
More and better geography education can help today's students become better world citizens -- and prepare them for a global future.
If the PISA test results give us the impetus we need to truly prioritize academic education -- in our families, communities, governments, and schools -- then all the hype will be more than worthwhile.
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