Joanne Ashe is Founder and Executive Director of Journeys in Film.
Recently, George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera wrote an article for the Harvard Business Review titled "What Being Global Really Means." This excellent article addresses the critical role understanding other cultures plays in the success of global businesses. Cabrera states that true global leaders connect, create, and contribute and seek to find solutions that offer multi-directional value.
Yet how can we make sure students today get the opportunities and resources to grow globally? Journeys in Film. Educators use JIF's collection of narrative, foreign-language films as springboards for interdisciplinary lesson plans in subjects including math, science, language arts and social studies as well as topics such as environmental sustainability, hunger, global health and media literacy. The films selected feature age-appropriate characters for 6-to-9th grade students and the stories transport them into meaningful narratives from around the world. Journeys in Film is a powerful tool to help educators prepare today's students to become tomorrow's informed, media-literate and globally competent citizens.
Education is the key. We can't wait for children to become adults before they're taught about the richness and complexity of other cultures. The global lessons need to begin right now, at home and in the classroom. Let's get our kids ready to connect, create and contribute to a better world.