Reposted from October 12, 2011.– Originally
A university official running global programs lamented in his blog that
global citizenship, a term that is meant to convey concern for global
social justice and taking responsibility for the wellbeing of the earth
is being misunderstood by many students. Students he spoke to thought
that global citizenship meant the ability to feel at home in London – a
place that did not say global citizenship to him. While I
applaud Americans becoming aware of and caring about the global
community as a whole, I firmly believe that a profound knowledge of a
foreign culture is an essential component for a true global citizen.
And without wishing to be too shocking — the UK (including London) is
part of a foreign culture.