First, you help them define the term "citizen of the world." Then you help them learn what being a good citizen means -- to themselves, to loved ones and family, to the school community, to the surrounding community. One's actions can be directly linked to one's values (beliefs, feelings, and actions that are important to us), so starting with a basic understanding of one's values is essential to any meaningful discussions on citizenship. The global context is meaningless unless students are good citizens in their own nation.
District administrator for operations
Comsewogue School District
Port Jefferson Station, New York
Good citizens need to work, vote, and take care of themselves financially. I prepare them by teaching business life skills, including personal finance, communication, insurance, and computer skills.
East Meadow High School
East Meadow, New York
Begin by getting our students to learn what it is to be a citizen of a school community, a family, and their own classrooms.
Goosehill Primary School
Cold Spring Harbor, New York
Prepare students to be citizens of the world by being one yourself. Teach from a global perspective.
Program officer, community partnerships
Teach them to read, encourage them to read, read to them, ask them to read aloud, read them the newspaper, and have them read the newspaper.
Social studies coordinator
Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District
Simple: Teach them the Boy Scout motto and slogan! Scout motto: Be prepared. Scout slogan: Do a good turn daily.
Senior innovative-program specialist
New York City Department of Education
New York, New York
Becoming a world citizen requires knowledge and experience of other cultures; U.S. schools do not provide knowledge or experience. Rather, they provide a cursory glimpse of others in order to exemplify how not to be American. "Diversity Day" does not create world citizens, it patronizes cultural difference and touts xenophobia, and always winds up pandering to American culture as Eurocentrically defined. Only travel and immersion in other cultures creates world citizens.
William Herbert Smith
Yang En University
Right before our eyes, all that the education sector has controlled, dismissed, manipulated, validated, embellished, fictionalized, and ranked within an aura of tradition and ritual may be accessed by point-and-click. We need to stop chasing exponentially expanding content. Inquiry, problem recognition and solution, creativity, knowing one's strengths and weaknesses, communication, and relationships are what students must be prepared for.
Director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment
Springfield School District
All students must have an understanding of physics to better understand the environmental, political, historical, and cultural issues that surround energy use and supply and define our twenty-first-century society.