Cultural awareness and global skills - it's about time. Or is it really about the cost? An article by Andreas Schleicher, Education Director at the OECD suggests that future testing of children should include their level of global skills and cultural awareness. This makes sense, right? Most people would agree with this approach and recognise that equipping the centennial generation with the skills to successfully navigate their way around the globe will benefit business as well as wider society. So why do so many companies continue to ignore the value of providing pre-assignment cultural awareness training to all relocating employees and family members, regardless of the assignment type of length? I'd be interested to hear from mobility leaders and assignees with their views on the benefits of training or, their belief that a sink or swim approach is equally beneficial.
Pisa tests, an international standard for comparing education systems around the world, could include a new measurement of global skills in the next round of tests in 2018. The OECD, which runs the tests in maths, reading and science, is considering adding another test which would look at how well pupils can navigate an increasingly diverse world, with an awareness of different cultures and beliefs.