Global Perspectives, Experiences and Implications
Edited By Robert A. DeVillar, Binbin Jiang and Jim Cummins
CHAPTER EIGHT: The Effects of Student Teaching Abroad on Professional Development, Character Formation, and Cultural Responsiveness: Binbin Jiang & Robert A. DeVillar
Binbin Jiang & Robert A. DeVillar
The current challenge to U.S. public school education involves the attainment of three interrelated goals:
1.Close the persistent and substantive achievement gaps across income, racial and ethnic, and other groups (e.g., English language learners, special needs).
2.Raise the nation’s overall educational performance to meet or exceed competitive global levels and, in so doing, contribute to raising the nation’s level of sustained innovation, domestic and global demand and supply, upward mobility, high employment rates, and widespread increased income and benefits.
3.Produce a citizenry with the skills and motivation to serve as active agents in defining the substance and direction of democracy and achieving an equitable balance between private and social well-being within the country.