The Global Classroom: Fostering an International Perspective, Educating Future World Leaders

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The average college preparatory boarding school in the US hosts students from dozens of countries around the world. Unsurprisingly, many schools, especially those offering IB programs, place a strong emphasis on international education from an early age. In addition to promoting cultural awareness and cooperation, this approach prepares students for a future where globalization and international education will play an increasingly important role.

At Wilbraham & Monson Academy, students come from 31 countries. “Because we have such a diverse population, it's very exciting for students to come to a school in the United States that is not primarily US citizens. There are students from all over the world; it’s a benefit for everyone,” stated Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Kate Gaw.

Similarly, George School students hail from 54 countries, and the school encourages students to explore and appreciate one another’s cultural backgrounds. A strong sense of community and equality is established through practices such as students working alongside staff in the dining halls and calling faculty and staff by first name. A long-time IB school, George School’s teaching methodology emphasizes critical thinking and enables students to establish themselves as positive contributors to society. All students are also required to undertake a service learning project either locally or abroad.

Global Education Outside the Classroom

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, a prestigious New York prep school with sister schools in Switzerland and China, offers an IB program and makes global education a top priority. In addition to the breadth of cultural opportunities available in New York, the school’s strategic international partnerships enable students to take their high school experience abroad. Students return home with new perspectives, foreign language skills, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that contribute to their future academic successes.

Celebrating Cultural Differences

Bringing a variety of perspectives to the classroom – different religions, cultures, languages, and socioeconomic backgrounds – benefits the entire learning community. Students create lasting friendships with peers from diverse backgrounds, while benefitting from opportunities for networking and preparing for international careers. Schools that celebrate these differences (such as by organizing cultural events that encourage students to share their traditions) are helping to create a generation of open-minded, future leaders.

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