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Raising Global IQ: Preparing Our Students for a Shrinking Planet

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A groundbreaking roadmap for improving global literacy and conflict-resolution skills in middle and high schools across the United States

 

In Raising Global IQ, Carl Hobert calls on K–12 teachers, administrators, parents, and students alike to transform the educational system by giving students the tools they need to become responsible citizens in a shrinking, increasingly interdependent world. Drawing on his nearly thirty years teaching, developing curricula, and leading conflict-resolution workshops here and around the world, he offers creative, well-tested, and understandable pedagogical ideas to help improve our children’s GIQ— Global Intelligence Quotient. Cognizant of many U.S. schools’ limited budgets and time, Hobert advocates teaching foreign languages early in life, honing students’ conflict-resolution skills, providing creative-service learning opportunities, and offering cultural-exchange possibilities in students’ own communities, as well as nationally and abroad—all before they graduate from high school.

 

Review:

"In this well-meaning but disjointed plan for curricular reform, Hobert, an instructor at the Boston University School of Education and founder of a conflict resolution nonprofit, argues for increased global education through five 'curriculum upgrades,' including foreign language instruction, technology and media literacy, foreign travel, conflict resolution skills, and experiential education focused on service. The first part of the book focuses on language instruction, 'technology and media literacy,' and boosting foreign travel and culturally based extracurriculars as necessary tools for combating post-9/11 fear and isolationism. The book shifts gears dramatically in Part II, turning attention to tools for teaching 'preventative diplomacy' and opportunities for service learning. The ideas, though worthwhile, don't build on each other as presented, and are therefore less convincing as part of a united plan. Likewise, Hobert relies heavily on laudatory personal anecdotes, all of which could have been condensed to make this the more useful 'evaluation and strategic planning tool' that he claims he's presenting. What readers and school leaders may find helpful is Hobert's brief bulleted list of ideas for action at the end of each chapter explaining 'What We Can Do Now,' and his urging schools to have a 'Director of Global Programs' so these important ideas have a constant advocate in the battle for instruction time. Agent: Joanne Wyckoff, Carol Mann Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Carl F. Hobert is a clinical instructor in the Boston University School of Education. He also heads the Axis of Hope Center for International Conflict Management and Prevention, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that offers conflict-resolution simulation workshops for both students and educators in middle and high schools around the world. In this capacity, he lectures worldwide and hosts workshops for students and educators. Hobert earned a master’s in law and diplomacy from the Tufts Fletcher School. He lives in Wayland, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Foreword

 

Introduction:

Improving Our Schools’ Global Intelligence Quotient

 

Part One: FLUENCIES

Chapter One: Start with the Romance Languages

Chapter Two: Targeting an East West Balance

Chapter Three: Learning Goals First, Technology Second

Chapter Four: Travel Opportunities and the Fluency of Extracurricular Activities

 

Part Two: ACTION STEPS

Chapter Five: Case Study, Pt. I: Preventive Diplomacy

Chapter Six: Case Study, Pt. II: Role Play for Peace

Chapter Seven: Case Study, Pt. III: Going Global

Chapter Eight: Service Learning, Pt. I: The Power of Experiential Education

Chapter Nine: Service Learning, Pt. II: PEARS, Five Key Aspects of Service Learning

 

Part Three: BUILDING THE GLOBAL IQ INFRASTRUCTURE

AT YOUR SCHOOL

Chapter Ten: Global IQ & The Architecture of Educational Transformation

Acknowledgments

Resources

Works Cited

Index

  

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807032886
Author:
Hobert, Carl
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
Hobert, Carl F.
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Education-General
Subject:
Education - Assessment
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8.8 x 5.73 x 0.82 in 0.9 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this well-meaning but disjointed plan for curricular reform, Hobert, an instructor at the Boston University School of Education and founder of a conflict resolution nonprofit, argues for increased global education through five 'curriculum upgrades,' including foreign language instruction, technology and media literacy, foreign travel, conflict resolution skills, and experiential education focused on service. The first part of the book focuses on language instruction, 'technology and media literacy,' and boosting foreign travel and culturally based extracurriculars as necessary tools for combating post-9/11 fear and isolationism. The book shifts gears dramatically in Part II, turning attention to tools for teaching 'preventative diplomacy' and opportunities for service learning. The ideas, though worthwhile, don't build on each other as presented, and are therefore less convincing as part of a united plan. Likewise, Hobert relies heavily on laudatory personal anecdotes, all of which could have been condensed to make this the more useful 'evaluation and strategic planning tool' that he claims he's presenting. What readers and school leaders may find helpful is Hobert's brief bulleted list of ideas for action at the end of each chapter explaining 'What We Can Do Now,' and his urging schools to have a 'Director of Global Programs' so these important ideas have a constant advocate in the battle for instruction time. Agent: Joanne Wyckoff, Carol Mann Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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