The world is changing, says Professor Fernando Reimers, and the schools of the world must change with it. Preparing students to become global citizens should be a priority for all educators, but how exactly should these lessons be approached?
"If we are serious about preparing students to understand globalization, we should treat this the way we treat any other subject about which we are serious," says Reimers, director of HGSE's International Education Policy Program. "We should have high-quality curriculum. It should be rigorous curriculum and it should provide extended opportunities for students to engage with the subject."
With a group of HGSE doctoral students, Reimers began to consider what it would take to create such a curriculum, starting by identifying the competencies high school students should have in order for them to understand and, ultimately, better the world. The result is Empowering Global Citizens: A World Course, a book designed not only to support the educators who are already teaching with globalization in mind, but also to challenge those who are not.
In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Reimers speaks about the book and give insight into a curriculum designed to empower all citizens of the world.
The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.