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Sparks blog: The Advantage of a Global Perspective

by Dr. Ann Wagner

In an increasingly interconnected world, high school students can find immense value in expanding their horizons beyond the borders of their own countries. Learning about global issues not only broadens your perspective but also equips you with vital skills and knowledge that transcend the classroom and benefit both your community and your future academic and professional endeavors.

Broadening Horizons and Fostering Empathy

Studying global issues exposes high school students to diverse cultures, traditions, and viewpoints. Cultural enrichment promotes empathy and a greater understanding of the world's complexities. It encourages young minds to look beyond stereotypes and fosters open-mindedness, a crucial skill in today’s interconnected world.

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Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Global education challenges students to think critically and analytically. You learn to evaluate complex problems from multiple angles and develop innovative solutions. These problem-solving skills will be invaluable for you in college and future careers where adaptability and creative thinking are highly prized.

Enhancing Language Skills

Exploring global issues often involves exposure to different languages. Learning a second language or improving language proficiency through real-life practice enhances communication skills and increases opportunities for collaboration on a global scale. This is particularly beneficial in an increasingly globalized job market.

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Preparing for College and Beyond

Colleges and universities increasingly seek students with a global perspective. Admissions officers appreciate applicants who demonstrate an interest in global issues through projects or travel, as it indicates a commitment to broader learning and engagement. This can be an important factor in a competitive college application process.

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Developing a Sense of Responsibility

Global education instills a sense of responsibility toward the planet and its inhabitants. Through this learning, high school students become aware of the world's environmental, social, and political challenges. They are more likely to engage in community service, volunteer work, and advocacy, which not only benefits their local communities but also contributes to a more compassionate society.

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Preparing for Future Careers

The global economy requires employees who can navigate diverse cultures and markets. When you have studied global issues as a high school and college student you are better prepared to work in international settings. This expertise can lead to exciting career opportunities and make you more competitive in the job market.

Dr. Ann Wagner

Ann Wagner, EdD is a founder and the Vision Engineer for Launch Education.  Dr. Wagner has led international schools around the world. She currently leads a school in Maryland, USA and teaches at the university level, working with educators earning their master's degrees.