Every state in our nation has complex international trade relationships that support the well-being of its citizens. With opportunities comes challenges. Tapping into a global market has been very profitable for Americans in the last few decades, but with the rise of a global middle class means new competition. Many states realize that education is at the core of the American response to globalization.
Beyond economic reasons, there are powerful technological, demographic, and national security developments requires a citizenry and workforce that are far more internationally knowledgeable, competent, and adept in world languages and cultures. A rising generation need both to compete and to collaborate internationally.
There are 25 state governments--working with communities and business leaders--actively preparing a future workforce that will be ready for an increasingly globalized world. Important models are in place, but the work is not done until such opportunities are given to every student.