What is Global Competence?
Global competence is the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. Collectively, global competence represents the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors necessary to thrive in today’s interconnected world.
As captured by our Global Competence Matrix, globally competent individuals possess and apply these qualities, characteristics, and abilities to learn about and engage with the world. Educators who aspire to help students become globally competent must both develop these attributes in themselves and find ways to foster them in students.
Why Global Competence?
Our current K-12 education system was designed when standardized learning and testing aimed to prepare young people to succeed in standardized jobs and homogeneous communities. This system is not only outdated, but has also never adequately prepared all students for success. This is no longer a viable option for the U.S. As our world becomes more interconnected and interdependent, and the U.S. increasingly diverse, this reality must be reflected in how and what we’re teaching our students.