The International Level Through Foreign Language Acquisition And Increased Global Cultural Knowledge

1634 WordsOct 16, 20147 Pages
In a rapid globalizing world, America is not prepared to continue outshining other nations. Year after year, countries throughout the globe are better preparing young individuals in the mathematics, science and engineering fields. Students are better equipped to collaborate at the international level through foreign language acquisition and increased global cultural knowledge. New generations bring new ideas, goals and standards, thus the rational ignorance of American citizens will further prevent the United States from developing at its highest level. Keeping up with the global competition will require a transformation in societal perspectives, with help from the media, as well as different educational focuses beginning at the elementary level. The United States is not destined to fail, but worldwide competition is increasing and adjustments are necessary for the American population and its educational system in order to maintain competitiveness. According to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) rated the United States 24th out of 34 OECD countries (Programme for International Student Assessment Results from PISA, 2012). The PISA is designed to test 15-year-old students to determine if they can apply the skills and knowledge obtained in preceding educational years to real world situations; PISA scores demonstrate the student’s capability of participating in modern societies (Programme for

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