Success is simpler than you think
With any new initiative in education, there’s the problem of competing priorities. But Mitalene doesn’t think efforts to increase global competency are going anywhere, and she isn’t shy about this stance: “I’m of the opinion that a relevant education is an education about the world.”
To support that point, she offers a story about a team of educators from Connecticut who returned to the Think Tank to share their successes. “I kept waiting for them to use our terminology, like global competence, global citizenship, global education, and they never did. And finally, it dawned on me: what they consider education—good education that engages parents, that engages students, that gives opportunities—a global education is [already] embedded in that. There is no daylight between the work they’re doing to advance student outcomes and global education.”
Perhaps that’s the point at which we know we’re succeeding—when global competency is a part of every teacher’s practice, and the term “global education” ceases to exist.