Common Core Standards, 21st Century Skills, and World Languages Education

Developing the ability to view issues from multiple perspectives is a key requirement for good citizenship and job performance. One of the seven principles of college and career readiness explicitly addresses this skill (page 7 in the linked document).  The ability to understand issues from multiple points of view is key to teaching and learning a world language. The wording in the 21st Century Skills Map and the Common Core Standards is included below.  Also read what employers say on this particular issue  here.
21st Century Skills Map
Language education not only contributes to students’  career and college readiness, it also helps develop the individual as language learners take on a new and more invigorating view of the world. They come to understand the world better because of their knowledge of speakers of another language – of people who share many of the same hopes and dreams for their future. While perspectives may differ among speakers of different languages, more similarities exist than we might imagine. However, it is only through knowing the language of others that we can truly understand how they view the world. And this is what makes the language student a 21st Century skilled learner!
Common Core Standards
Students Who are  College and Career Ready in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Language...
Students appreciate that the twenty-first-century classroom and workplace are settings in which people from often widely divergent cultures and who represent diverse experiences and perspectives must learn and work together. Students actively seek to understand other perspectives and cultures through reading and writing, and they are able to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds. They evaluate other points of view critically and constructively. Through reading great classic and contemporary works of literature representative of a variety of periods, cultures, and worldviews, students can vicariously inhabit worlds and have experiences much different than their own.