DYSART GOAL GLOBAL JOB READINESS
August 29, 2007
(Phoenix, AZ) Author: Erin Zlomek, The Arizona Republic Estimated printed
Microsoft and the Dysart Unified School District want high school graduates to
enter the global business world.
That means students must be fluent in other languages, must collaborate with
other cultures and must be prepared to tackle global problems such as AIDS and
To equip students with those skills, Microsoft and Dysart are hammering out what
will soon be the 21st Century Learner Program.
A preview of the program is open to the public from 6 to 8:30 tonight at the
Dysart Unified School District office, 15802 N. Parkview Place. Parents and
other attendees will be asked to offer input on the program.
It is possible that the new program will change Dysart's foreign language
requirements for graduation, as well as the entire school curriculum, program
spokeswoman Erica Stoddard.
The goal is to make U.S. students competitors for international jobs. Fewer than
1 percent of American students study the languages that the U.S. State
Department calls critically important to diplomacy, security and economic
development. Nearly three-fifths of American students study no foreign language
at all, Stoddard said.
According to program coordinators, 20 percent of U.S. jobs are tied to
Local community, government and academic leaders will be present at tonight's
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