U.S. Will Make Broader Global Skills for College Students a New Priority | Competency Based Education is Coming . . . Back | Scoop.it

Officials in the U.S. Department of Education believe that it's critical that all graduates of American high schools and colleges have certain "21st-century skills" that will enable them to compete in a worldwide marketplace, such as understanding international perspectives and being able to work collaboratively with peers from different cultures and backgrounds. "These cannot just be competencies for a select few," said Maureen McLaughlin, the department's director of international affairs.That could mean less support in the future for programs that focus on linguistic proficiency or academic expertise for a smaller group of students. It was the U.S. Congress that pressed for recent cuts to international-education and foreign-language programs.