Global Discussions in the Schools

In-depth analysis of today’s top foreign policy topics serves as a diverse and applicable current events curriculum for high school students.

By examining issues significant to the U.S.’ role in the global community, teachers and students can implement Great Decisions directly in their classroom and become active participants in the world community.

2020 Great Decisions Topics

  • Climate Challenges and the Global Order
  • India and Pakistan
  • Red Sea Security
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
  • China’s Road into Latin America
  • The Philippines and the U.S.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data

Resources and Opportunities

Global Discussions in the Schools is based on the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions series. To help bring the program to life, an annual briefing book, DVD series with 30-minute episodes on each Great Decisions topic, and a teacher’s guide are available at a subsidized rate. During the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Foreign Policy Association has made the digital edition of the Great Decisions television series available for free to students and the public on YouTube. These Great Decisions materials support global learning by:

  • Enhancing classroom lessons
  • Providing the basis for student or teacher-led clubs or discussion groups
  • Preparing students for debate and Academic WorldQuest
  • Augmenting current event discussions

In addition, Global Minnesota invites educators and students to our annual Great Decisions conference, recommends active educators to attend the Great Decisions Teacher Institute, and on a limited basis, makes our our roster of subject-matter experts available for speaking engagements.

Want more information? Connect with us to learn how you can bring Great Decisions into the classroom and help your students develop as global citizens.