But it seems the CD is the least of it. Poking around on the Web, I learn that it's but a small part of a much larger effort that I had never heard of before. It's called the One World Youth Project, and appears to be some cockamamie, jargon-laden scheme that "links schools around the world to build mutual respect and understanding among students and provide the global life skills needed for success in the interconnected 21st century." Further, it envisions "a just world built through the actions of empowered, discerning and empathetic generations of global citizens!"
What sort of "global life skills" are students supposed to need?
Students must: Develop expert thinking as well as complex communication and collaboration skills to succeed in a globalized 21st century, where they will be called upon to:As for teachers, they apparently want their students to have access to
1) Investigate the world beyond their immediate environment.
2) Recognize and articulate varied perspectives thoughtfully and respectfully.
3) Communicate ideas effectively with diverse audiences.
4) Act as discerning participants in a global marketplace and society, viewing themselves as actors in the world.
1) Facilitated peer-to-peer global conversations.Otherwise--and this part is really alarming in a "if we don't stop climate change now we're all gonna die" kind of way (the bolds are in the original)--
2) Customized global-learning curriculum that also meets local educational standards.
3) Well-managed service-learning.
Ooo, scary. Fail to prepare them for success 21st century-style, and how will they ever be able to shmooze convivially at shmancy international conferences and UN-convened "anti-racism" get-togethers?
If youth are not introduced to global life skills in formal education, as adults they may not be prepared for success in the 21st century society and economy.
And should kids fail to be indoctrinated, er, sorry, educated in this "global" way? The One Worlders paint a grim picture of their possible fate. The uneducated could:
1) Have limited access to living wage employment opportunities and be less qualified for executive positions.
2) Be less likely to pursue higher education.
3) Contribute to xenophobia and experience less social inclusion.
4) Continue to passively perpetuate global injustices rather than work to create a better, shared future.Yes, that would be horrid.
The question to ask after wading through this leftist, Utopian sludge is: Why are kids being marinated in this "One World" propaganda, and are parents even aware of what's going on?