"Your vision will
become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside,
dreams; who looks inside, awakes." Carl Jung
USA LACKS GLOBAL EXPERTS
According to a story in the June 2002 issue of Work & Family Newsbrief
(www.workfamily.com), the American Council
of Education has asked schools to teach a wider array of languages, and to start
as early as kindergarten, in order to better prepare students for the new global
economy. Waiting until students are in college to begin teaching a wide diversity
of foreign languages is waiting too long, says the group that represents the nation's
colleges and universities. That practice, they say, has led to a 'dangerous' shortage
of US personnel with global skills expert in non-European cultures and languages.
If we don't make the changes, they suggest, the USA could face 'serious costs'
that include foreign policy failures, military blunders, terrorism, and a decline
of competitiveness in the global marketplace. 'Our future success or failure in
international endeavors,' the Council charges, 'will rely almost entirely on the
global competence of our people.'
A great introduction to the global marketplace is the World Forum on Early Care
and Education. The 2003 World Forum will take place, May 13 - 16, 2003 in Acapulco,
Mexico. For complete details, go to www.ChildCareExchange.com.