"Today, a nation's prosperity depends on its people's ability to thrive in the global marketplace. This is true for the U.S. and for our neighbors across the globe.
What's more, in a nation as diverse as ours, the ability to interact comfortably and confidently with people of all backgrounds and points of view is critical.
And that makes it more important than ever to provide all students with a well-rounded, world-class education – including opportunities to gain global competencies and world language skills; to understand other cultures; and to study abroad.
President Obama and I clearly understand that we live in an age where jobs know no borders, and where education is the new currency.
These new realities have helped shape our federal education agenda. We're working to ensure that all students are academically prepared, globally competent, and internationally successful."
- Excerpt from remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the International Education Week "Mapping the Nation: Making the Case for Global Competency" Launch Event, November 18, 2013.