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President Obama Calls for American Education System to Align with Global Economy
The federal government is nearly tripling the money going to local schools with a challenge to build a world-class education system. What's your plan? more
Common Core and global learning come together--can you make it a Venn diagram?
What's Global about the Common Core Standards?
See how common core curricula equips students with the rigorous skills needed to become both globally competent citizens and college/career-ready individuals. more
A New National Narrative
If we were to write the future of American foreign policy, what would it look like? The Woodrow Wilson Center offers a scenario. more
World's Education Leaders to Meet
Teachers, ministers, and other education leaders to gather for summit on teaching profession. more
Language Bill in Congress
Imagine a whole generation of multilingual Americans. more
"To be able to dream and work together, more Americans must be able to speak Chinese," said Under Secretary McHale (yesfoto/istockphoto)
Language is Key to Soft Power
U.S. Under Secretary of State Judith McHale discusses U.S.-China relations. more
Educating America Today for Tomorrow's Global Economy
Asia Society President defines what's needed to produce "globally competent" citizens. more
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (U.S. Department of Education)
US Secretary of Education on Global Learning, Languages
See why Arne Duncan calls international education and exchanges this generation's moonshot. more
Second graders watch as President Obama delivers a back-to-school address to school children on September 8, 2009 in Denver, Colorado (John Moore/Getty Images)
Key Ingredient Missing in 21st Century Education
What the President left out of his speech to the nation's school children. more
President Obama wrote "Dream big dreams!" on a school wall in Wisconsin. (Pete Souza/
Race to the Top Funding
The President and Secretary of Education announced that states are to compete for a one-time, $4.35 billion worth of educational funding. The plan is to create a world-class education system, but something is missing.... more