How Should We Really Calculate The Best High Schools? - Page 3
Global perspective means respecting the earth and environment and making good decisions to conserve water and electricity and keep the earth clean. It means knowing that resources are limited and the world's population is growing.
Global perspective also extends to the economy; students should know how a company's decision to move a factory affects not only the people who lose their employment, but how it affects those who will gain employment. They should understand how an earthquake in Japan can affect the food they eat and products they buy in California, how wars in the Middle East affect the price of the gas they buy in Texas. The interconnectedness of it all.
-Charity: People who give back to their communities help others and help themselves in the process. I would like to see more public high schools recognizing what many private high schools already know - charity provokes an attitude of humanity, humility, gratitude and responsibility in those who give their time and resources. There is no company or community that wouldn't do well with employees that exhibit these properties.
If I were looking to hire someone, I might be impressed by the Harvard graduate, but I'd look to hire the person who knows how to work with others and make smart decisions, regardless of the name brand of their degree. The components listed above can be taught at the high school level, even the middle school level, but as we move towards rating schools on SAT scores, we are forgetting the measures of success that truly matter in life. Kids armed with real-world knowledge and confidence in their analytical thinking will know success.