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As national economies become increasingly interwoven, intercultural awareness grows ever more important. Educator Carl F. Hobert explains the necessity of raising students’ “global IQ” and shares a number of clear, straightforward ideas. Though most of his ideas are fresh, much of what he says about learning languages will be old news to Europeans: No one has to suggest to, for example, the French school system, that it should teach more than one language. The helpful “what we can do now” bullet lists ending each chapter almost balance out the strain of dealing with the book’s hard-to-read visual design. getAbstract recommends Hobert’s philosophy and pragmatic, workable suggestions primarily to educators and parents, as well as to trainers in the business of preparing employees for international assignments. These insights and proposals will also intrigue anyone concerned with nurturing and guiding better-informed global citizens.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “global IQ” is;
  • Why it matters to parents, teachers and companies; and
  • How to develop global IQ and teach students to have it.
 

About the Author

Carl F. Hobert directs the Axis of Hope Center for International Conflict Management and Prevention, and teaches at Boston University’s School of Education.

 

Summary

“Global IQ”

The global economy is increasingly interwoven. Threats that arise in one country pose risks for others across the world: Think of the public health risks posed by the H1N1 virus. America needs to become more aware of other nations and deal with them more productively. To do so, Americans must develop “global intelligence,” or “global IQ.”


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