Saturday, May 26, 2012

National Geography Bee

From my perspective, the 2012 National Geography Bee held on March 24th depicts two significant reasons for why global education and the efforts of programs such as Teachers for Global Classrooms are imperative.

Reason One: View the video clip of President Obama as he presented one of the questions to the Geography Bee's contestants.  His pre-question comments give a great capstone on the importance of global education.

"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map.
It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity
of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that
knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together."--President Obama

Reason Two: View the video clip of the final question being presented to the two finalists.  The ethnicity of these two young men (as well as those shown of other contestants within the video clip with President Obama) help to show that the understanding of cultures necessary for international relations is also important to the ever changing demographics within our own country.

As we roam the roads of lands remote, let's try to learn more about the diversity of the peoples we meet.  Not for some trite exercise in "multiculturalism", but rather so as to learn how to productively interact with others who have arrived at our mutual meeting point via their own remote road.

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