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World Class Notes.

Congratulations to the Schweitzer International Center of Framingham State College, Massachusetts, on the initial publication of its newsletter World Class Notes! The Schweitzer International Center is one of six regional centers established by grants from Bay State Skills Corporation to help teachers internationalize the curriculum in Massachusetts' K-12 classrooms. Each center serves as a regional resource for teachers. This newsletter aptly informs teachers of happenings throughout the state and provides names of experts available to visit schools and speak on a variety of areas. Additionally, World Class Notes reviews curricula, books and multimedia materials that deal with global education and multicultural issues of interest to teachers beyond the borders of Massachusetts.

While the newsletter's feature articles are helpful, one section in the "Five Secrets of Global Education" might need clarification. The author suggests that teachers "Be comprehensive. Know more than maps and geography. Introduce history, politics, family life, customs, religion and languages." Her treatment of geography is rather restrictive and outdated.

Geography draws from both the physical and social sciences. Location, place, human interactions, movement and regions are the five themes of geography outlined by the Joint Committee of the Geography National Implementation Program, a cooperative venture of both the National Council of Geographic Education and the American Association of Geographers. Therefore, geography appears to be a natural interdisciplinary subject, comprehensive enough to infuse global education and its agenda. Indeed, the National Geographic Society implements this framework in its curriculum.

Overall, the newsletter is to be commended on its maiden voyage into the world of publications. It invites thought with many quotable comments and provides an excellent model for other centers to imitate. The publication is free on request.

Send inquiries to: Schweitzer International Center, Framingham State College, Framingham, MA 01701.
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Author:Swiniarski, Louise B.
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Periodical Review
Date:Jun 22, 1993
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