Final Blog

When I saw “Global Citizenship, A Primer” on the list to choose classes for Interim Term I was excited and wanted to learn more. The next three weeks taught me so much more about the world and how important it was to be a global citizen than I thought possible. If the United States of America wants to survive and compete in the 21st century than we need to be globally competent. In order to be globally competent we have to recognize perspectives, take action to make a difference, and communicate ideas with the world. The movies and discussions we had taught the class the different perspectives from around the world on different issues. Our class studied gay marriage, healthcare, and climate change. I studied Chile on the topic of gay marriage and learned that it is not legal but many people there are trying to make it legal. I discovered that gays cannot have the same rights as different sex couples. We learned about “Blue Zones” which are places where people live much longer than the life expectancy. They do so by eating right, and exercising. Blue Zones are in Sardinia (of the coast of Italy), Japan, and even one right here in the United States. Chak de! was a great movie to learn about the culture of India. It was about an Indian women’s field hockey team winning the World Cup against all odds. Field hockey is India’s most popular sport but the women still do not get much attention until they win. This video shows people how much different India is from the United States culturally. We also learned about foods in India. I think the generation that needs the most help to learn to be globally competent is the current generation of adults. They did not grow up learning to think globally but in the 21st century it is essential. Though they me the most needing of help the most important generation is my generation because if we learn to be expert global thinkers than we can help the United States and the rest of the world succeed when it is most important. The best public education is not in the United States but in Singapore. This wasn’t surprising to me but what was surprising was that we were number 25 on that list. If we can look at what other countries are doing to improve their public education than we can improve ours. That is being globally competent. I hope I can use what I learned in this class to be a better global citizen and that the United States can learn to be global and cooperate with other countries like China to be successful in the future.

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  1. I like the action-oriented voice in your final blog post, Mack. I agree with you, too, that the group who needs the most help in becoming global citizens is the current adult population. Your analysis is right on the mark. Our experience shapes our perspectives and many of today’s adults grew up in a period without the interconnected awareness that the Internet brings. My children are waaaay more globally competent at four and five than I was at their age. It wasn’t until I traveled outside the US in my early 20s that I began to understand the importance of learning about other cultures. I’m so glad that you’re growing your global competence as such a young age. I appreciate your awareness that our future depends upon our ability to work together, to collaborate, to build a secure and prosperous world. Thanks for enrolling in the course!

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