Raising Children in a Global Economy

It is very important to prepare children for a global economy as that is what the world is becoming increasingly every day.  Preparing children for a global economy means they will be prepared for their inevitable future.  These days, the world is increasingly intertwined.  Not preparing children for this fact will hurt them professionally and personally.

In school, children will come across other children from different countries.  It is important for them to understand where they come from so they can relate to them and the rest of the world.  Once in college, the students will meet even more people from other countries.  Understanding them and their cultures will allow the students to have a better perspective of the world and how they fit in it.

Many companies outsource their work and are becoming more global.  This may mean that employees are sent to other countries to train or even work there permanently.  If they have been prepared for this possibility through education and possible exchange student programs, they will be more comfortable.  They may also need to know the language to function effectively.

One way to prepare middle and high school students for a global economy is through an international baccalaureate (IB) program.  Through this program, children undergo a rigorous curriculum while being exposed to international economies.  Another way to experience different cultures is through exchange study programs whereby the student can be an exchange student in another country.  The host family would provide the student with an in-depth sense of life in their country.

In addition to professional advancement and competing effectively in their careers, global exposure will allow the individuals to have more opportunities for friendship and having more connected relationships with those from other cultures.  In the end, having good cross-cultural understanding can only benefit the countries involved and reduce conflict or tensions.  The economies involved would gain as trust between the countries would allow for more exchange of beneficial goods and services. 

It would be a great benefit to children if their talents and services can eventually be offered to a global audience.  They can then choose from a greater number of opportunities for the one that best suits them.  They would not be limited by a difficult economic situation in their own country and could more easily relocate to a country that allows them to thrive better.