Paine visited Scott Teays Elementary School in Putnam County, where he shared stories from his recent trip to China.
Paine was among 400 American educators who traveled to China this past summer as part of a program to encourage Chinese to be taught in U.S. schools. With China poised to become the next global economic superpower, forward-thinking educators like Paine believe it’s essential that American schools expand their Chinese studies.
“As West Virginia prepares its children to meet the demands of a 21st century, global economy, it is imperative that students are prepared to live in a diverse and tolerant society if they are to succeed,” Paine said. “I encourage every school in West Virginia to celebrate international studies year-round to give children the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the world.”
The West Virginia Board of Education and the state Department of Education have made global awareness part of their 21st Century Learning initiative to prepare children for today's digital world.
International Education Week is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. It exposes children to the history, geography, literature and arts of other cultures and the importance of learning a second language.