February 24th, 2010

Podcast - Making American Students “Globally Competent”

( Click here to download the podcast )

American students are notoriously inept when it comes to knowing about the rest of the world. A 2006 study showed that, three years into the Iraq war, nearly two thirds of Americans ages 18-24 couldn’t even find Iraq on a map.

The Asia Society is trying to change the reputation of America’s education system. Its created a network of 20 schools that try to answer the question, what should today’s students learn about the world? This network of schools, called the International Studies Schools Network, teaches foreign languages, connects students from across the globe to work on projects together, and seeks to embed global history in all facets of education. So, how are they doing? Producer John Tulenko speaks with Tony Jackson, Vice President for Education, Asia Society.

For more information visit www.asiasociety.org.

Photo credit: Jami Saunders.

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