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Sarah Jane

Here's hoping. Right there with you, Natalie!

Natalie Wojo

Posted at http://www.eztechintegration.blogspot.com

The My Wonderful World blog recently reported on the Partnership for 21st Century Skills' findings that geographic skills are necessary for American students to be successful in a global market. What does this mean for those of us in the classrooms? Imagine the day when geography skills are given the same importance as those of math and science. Imagine spending entire faculty meetings discussing geography test scores rather than math and science scores! Wait...not that one.

Seriously, though, geography, properly taught, integrates all of the traditionally valued skills in school while preparing for the global marketplace. Let's hope the next incarnation of education reform includes geography!

Bethany

Hello SoulTravelers3,
So glad you enjoyed the post- I LOVED looking at your website and reading up on your travels!
World travel is a great way to educate kids about geography and different cultures, but for families who don't have the resources, travel blogs like yours allow kids to connect to the world around them.
Reading first-hand experiences and stories is more interesting than reading from a text book; travel blogs themselves can be a great educational resource for kids and can complement a “21st century” classroom.
Thanks for the post- good luck with the travels!

soultravelers3

Wonderful, thought provoking post! Thanks for the route 21 link, love it! As a family on an open ended world tour, we certainly value geography and learning skills needed for a 21st century global citizen.

I am pleased that we can pass on some of that through the award winning non-profit that we volunteer through, Reach The World.

http://www.reachtheworld.org/

They connect disadvantaged students with world travelers, but it is open to all and I know many homeschoolers use it too.

I have always liked award winning teacher, John Taylor Gatto thoughts on the history of educational reform and the importance of experiential learning.

We have learned so much about education in for the 21st century through our world journey with a child and have met and collaborated so many innovative educators through Web 2.0 resources like classroom2.0. We are happy to be giving back through Reach The World and Teddy Bears Around The World.

I think there is indeed a huge shift going on in education!

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