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Raising Global Students

World news via the internet and food-

Simple snack- a few dried figs; flip over the package and learn “product of Turkey”- then pause for a moment to marvel that this product arrived safely in America and even on a strict budget such a treat can be had- one packed with nutrients too! Then open the internet to Global News and find out a little bit more about Turkey, the place of origin…

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/10/turkey-criticised-over-media-freedoms-and-judicial-independence-in-eu-report Topical and relevant to any High School IB students actually curious about how their education as future global citizens can be transferred from events which are happening “out there” to events that could affect what is or continues to be available here- and it is this broadening of recognition of ways in which trade continues to influence not only our perceptions of when, where, and how countries do work together, but also how even relatively simple products that one might take for granted- the little package of figs sold for under three dollars Canadian and is portable, makes an instant energy snack, and has a shelf life- needs no refrigeration – yet packs a solid amount of calcium and fibre in a few bites. Additionally it may be rehydrated if used in soups or stews or compotes, adding both flavour and extra “punch” to both a vegetarian and a carnivore’s diet. So how did it make the trail from growing in a Turkish garden to the grocery aisles down the street, and in what way does our purchasing this food item make a dent in helping a country overseas? Where do trade and politics intersect?

Students are encouraged to do their own further research, coming up with a thesis focus and could even plan an interactive debate on the merits of global trade sanctions, and which parts of a community may inadvertently be “punished” when sanctions are imposed. In plain English- who might still benefit- who might get hurt?

When we as educators encourage the active constructing of project based learning and not merely encourage but also allow for student input into further directions they may wish to explore, we are offering opportunity for student leaders to emerge. And of course, one needn’t stop at “figs.”

Eliminating an us versus them attitude – for in class discussions

Have you seen the first episode of “Supergirl” where there is a frank discussion about choosing the word “girl” versus the word “woman”- and the word “girl” wins– like many a young female today in certain parts of the world where opportunity to learn and participate is encouraged instead of being denied.

From the current “play like a girl” advertisements which do feature among others Olympic level girls playing, throwing, biking, rowing…to the images of scientists, astronauts, the almost ubiquitous doctors and dentists and therapists, plus the CEO of a corporation or two, women have “come a long way” – a popular quote on another TV show –one from the 70s where the police officer “Kojak” liked to remind women they had come a long way but tacked on the term “baby” to suggest much further “equalizing” would be needed. From “baby” to “girl” then might suggest the changes which have occurred over the past forty years- a generation of hard work on the part of prominent citizens, male and female alike, who have written, spoken, marched and educated women to recognize both their rights and their privileges within a “modern” social order.

And “Superman” appears to be aging gracefully, making way for not only a new breed of female, but actually the continuity of his race- if following the story line, Superman and Supergirl are family. And Supergirl is much more egalitarian and democratic than her older cousin; Supergirl isn’t afraid to work together with her friends, to share her knowledge of her superpowers, while also striving to improve her strengths through practice. Superman had appeared to spring full strength onto the scene, Supergirl may occasionally leave a bit of a mess, as she learns how to balance “work and play.”

Watching episode #1, I had to agree with the critics, the show is a delight of insightful looks at today’s society, while offering males and females images of men and women –strong, courageous and flawed, less than perfect regardless of super powers. And continuing with a very important belief – that to “save the world” people will need to work together.