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# 9 - Yes, the World is Getting Smaller!

The prediction is that the growth of the population of the world will grow to 10 billion by 2050 (it is now approximately 7.3 billion) brings with it the fact that our children will be living in a world that will seem smaller.  Such population growth will affect a host of global issues including pollution, disease management, and depletion of energy, food, and water resources.  Added to this list are political conflicts and social problems.  Our neighboring people across the globe will seem closer because of shared problems and international concerns.  For students to participate effectively in this changing world, they must better understand it.  The 21st century individual will sell to the world, buy from the world, work for international companies, compete with people from other countries, manage employees from other cultures, collaborate with people all over the world, and solve global problems. 

Best Private School Monmouth CountyHere at Oak Hill Academy in Monmouth County, New Jersey, we have recognized the need for this understanding and have provided our students with an understanding of global program connectedness for over 30 years.  We believe instruction must start early and address a wide-range of topics that people from all lands share.  The best elementary school curriculums include in-depth knowledge and understanding of worldly issues, an appreciation of and ability to learn and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, proficiency in foreign language, and skills to function productively in our interdependent world society.  These issues are met in all phases of the Oak Hill curriculum including math and science.  Over the last six years, our students and staff have concentrated on cultural diversity across our educational areas.  This was the focus of the school’s Middle States Evaluation process which will be celebrated in a colloquium presented by the school in January of 2018.  This process provided students with instructional practices that consistently engaged global content, multicultural perspectives, and problem solving across subject area.  Oak Hill has a highly diverse student population and this allows for family participation in activities and the sharing of cultural differences.  Students are able to see their own cultures as strengths, while seeking to understand the cultures of others, being aware of similarities and differences among cultures, and understand that behaviors and values are often tied to cultures. Best Monmouth County Private school

The Oak Hill curriculum is broad and includes cultural topics in its foreign language program and the celebration of school-wide global heritage assemblies.  The anchor of the Oak Hill cultural appreciation curriculum is its two-year Global Studies program which takes place during the 5th and 6th grades.  During these years, the Oak Hill students grow to appreciate the geography, customs, religions and cultures of the people across our entire world.  A deep understanding of their daily lives makes it clear that people of countries across our world share  the same hopes and dreams.  Differences, when appreciated, can be used to build positive relations leading to the solution of many of society's problems.  Our well educated students will continue to demonstrate curiosity, empathy and show compassion for the perspectives of others.  They will realize the complexities of our world and have a passion to be a part of developing solutions to the problems we will face in our constantly shrinking world.


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