Since September 11, the need to educate American children about the larger world has become even more urgent. Perhaps now we will see the need to go beyond brief accounts in textbooks and the memorizing of facts to teach more deeply about the profound similarities and differences of the world's peoples.
With the Internet, we have a marvelous tool for making history and culture come alive. Now, students can learn directly from the most current sources of knowledge around the world, including experts, libraries, and research centers. Through the exchange of e-mail, photos, and multimedia reports, and by participating in virtual field trips, they can communicate with students and teachers in other countries.