Science shows it’s common to for humans to fear what we do not understand. But an understanding of, and respect for, other cultures and diverse viewpoints is the key to collaborating and solving problems that benefit all of society. Educators from the World Affairs Council and Global Minds, both in Pittsburgh, PA, help teens understand what it means to be “culturally curious.” They also explain easy-to-understand methods for teens to explore and appreciate cultural traditions, viewpoints, and practices that differ from their own. Click here for a transcript of this video.
In our increasingly global society, speaking multiple languages is a tremendous asset for young people as they enter the job market, or even just to socialize and collaborate with people from diverse populations. But learning a foreign language could be an intimidating task, especially if that language uses a different writing system and tones and pronunciations than the language you currently speak. Educator Mandy Fong helps to create a comfort level with learning a complex new language with this fun introduction to the most commonly spoken language on the planet: Chinese. Click here for a transcript of this video.