The world is becoming more and more globalized each and every day. Thanks to super fast transportation and instant connection via our devices, we quite literally have the world at our fingertips. As exciting as this new frontier is, it can be overwhelming (and scary) for students that haven’t received a global perspective in their education.
World Global Perspective is needed in our Classrooms
One of the best ways to help students prepare to interact in a global society is to allow them into the world, rather than confining them to the walls of the classroom. And, what better way to transport students than with books?
Below is a list of the six books with a worldwide perspective that children around the world are reading right now (and why you should consider bringing them into your high school lessons now.)
- Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden. Taught in Australia, this novel demonstrates the power of a fighting spirit while acknowledging the fear of danger that resides deep in all of us.
- The Wars by Timothy Findley. A Canadian classic, this iconic novel honestly depicts the brutality of war while teaching how to “come to terms” with the world in a unique way.
- Sub Terra by Baldomero Lillo. A collection of short stories from Chile, it brings an understanding of how different today’s world is from even just a century ago by revealing the “dangerous existence” of coal miners working in southern Chile.
- The Days by Taha Hussein. An autobiography by one of Egypt’s most influential writers, The Days is taught in the classroom because of its ability to communicate the importance of knowledge while simultaneously demonstrating the dangers of ignorance. Definitely imbibes a global perspective in children.
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Taught regularly in Ghana and Nigeria, Things Fall Apart is a complex look at African traditionalism, offering a critical view at the “drawbacks of African and tribal masculinity.”
- Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirata. A true story from Indonesia, Rainbow Troops (or Laskar Pelangi, as it’s known in its native language) follows the events of ten Indonesian students and their teachers who learn the importance of concepts like sacrifice, dedication, optimism, and friendship.
The beauty of bringing global perspective literature to your classroom is that it opens the door to the rest of the world, inviting in important conversations, discussions and perspectives that are necessary for growth and success in today’s world.