Diverse friends are good for kids (and require confidence!) – Part 2/2

Having diverse friends is literally good for kids (and adults). As I explained in Part 1, children with friends outside their own social, ethnic, racial, economic, or religious bubbles develop important skills and abilities that those who stay in their own group bubble won’t. Sounds great, so what’s the problem? The problem is that having … Continue reading Diverse friends are good for kids (and require confidence!) – Part 2/2

Diverse friendships are good for kids (and require confidence!) – Part 1/2

All of us belong to different groups – social, ethnic, racial, economic, religious, etc. Yet often, many, or most, of our close friends are members of our same groups. Growing up, every child I knew was white and certainly all of my close friends. But it doesn’t need to be like that for my children. Actually, … Continue reading Diverse friendships are good for kids (and require confidence!) – Part 1/2

Global education for grades 1 – 4: A Classroom Case Study

A diverse school district + 10 Global Connectors The motto of Bentonville public schools in Arkansas is “Excellence With Every Step”.  This symbolizes their innovating approach and dedication to “educating all students for a successful future in a changing world, preparing the youth of [their] community to become caring, contributing citizens, and creating and maintaining exemplary … Continue reading Global education for grades 1 – 4: A Classroom Case Study

How to Reduce Prejudice? What the Research Tells Us

If we’re serious about creating a better world for our kids (and we are), we need a serious plan with proven strategies for reducing prejudice. Most of what I do at One Globe Kids is focused on creating a positive, virtual cross-cultural experience for children.  The app is designed to simulate a real friendship with … Continue reading How to Reduce Prejudice? What the Research Tells Us

Globe Smart Kids: Skills to Succeed in a Globalized World

When I was growing up, there were two different kinds of smart: “book smart” and “street smart.”  Kids who were book smart were smart in a more traditional sense.  They knew lots of things about many subjects and got A’s in school. (I admit I was one of those.)  Kids who were street smart knew … Continue reading Globe Smart Kids: Skills to Succeed in a Globalized World