The United States must now learn from other countries if we are to remain competitive in the flat world.

Ask any teacher - he/she will surely say that students are more engaged in lessons when they hear first hand accounts of travel to the place they are studying.

It is wonderful to see so many events happening around the world this week, but the truth is that, as is the case with most special weeks and months, we owe it to our students to make sure they have the knowledge and skills to succeed in an interconnected world.

What does fluency really mean?

What competencies do students need to have in order to be ready for the globalized future?

The world is changing quickly; school systems need to keep pace.

The opinions expressed in Global Learning are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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