The Global Goals: A Shift in Global Studies


Hello Class…

Today we are going to talk about Southeast Asia. We will examine religion and history throughout the region. Let’s begin. Sigh.

Wait, there has to be a better way.

Throw out your world capital test and blank maps. This what you have been searching for!

Try using the Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals as a framework for your curriculum instead. Created by the UNDP the 17 goals are rich topics worthy of deep examination such as Quality Education or Zero Hunger.  The possibilities are endless. The Global Goals provide a completely new framework for examining global issues in a meaningful way. This is a game-changer for developing a global studies curriculum based on global issues and social change.

Instead of saying we are going to talk about Southeast Asia this week, what about saying we are going to talk about eliminating poverty, making sure the world has access to health care, and clean water ? Which of those is a better hook for students?

As teachers, we need to make sure students understand basic concepts about the world, but we must go beyond the basics to focus on the issues that really matter. This shift to an issues based classroom instead of a facts based classroom not only involves problem solving and critical thinking skills, but calls students to action. Besides ethically being important, it is also a much more engaging way to approach studying the world.

Each goal includes a description of the issue and examples of countries affected. The examples include vivid photographs that give the reader an inside look at the topic. Most of the global goals indicate the connection to other global goals, since global issues do not exist in a bubble. They are global after all.

If you are thinking about revamping your global studies curriculum. Think Global Goals.

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