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Document Number: 6080

Putting the World into Our Classrooms: A New Vision for 21st Century Education - U.S. public schools are doing a woeful job of teaching students about the world outside America's borders, a matter of increasing importance in an increasingly global economy. This paper argues that K-12 language instruction does not reflect current realities and that teachers in the United States are not prepared to teach about the world. The author recommends four steps that policymakers can take to ensure U.S. high school graduates will have the international knowledge and skills they will need in the 21st century: (1) Teach critical foreign languages to 100,000 Americans; (2) Train 25,000 teachers in international subjects; (3) Create internationally themed high schools; and (4) Modernize public media and technology funding to promote distance learning. (Michael H. Levine, Progressive Policy Institute, April 2005)...

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