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Connections between Globalization & Education

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by Clare Farmer on 10 October 2012

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Connections between Education & Globalization By: Clare Farmer
October 9, 2012 Globalization - According to the Levin Institute (2012), is ''the process of interaction and integration among people, companies, and governments of different nations'' Education -(Jackson, 2008) ''the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing powers of reason & judgement, & generally preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life'' (para. 1). Technology Trend Interaction Information Development Challenge Corportization Issue The underlying root of globalization stems from economic trade of goods and services by companies who are largely located in the Western World. At present the leaders of these companies, or corporations rather are delving into the education system as they see a great profit to be made. This movement definitely poses a threat to the education of not only secondary students, but all students globally. Education institutions are no longer being run under the mission of developing knowledge and skills for their youth, but to review the bottom line and maximize profits as much as possible (Smith, 2002). I believe where there is a corporate presence in education, there it ultimately a huge gap somewhere in the system. I have personally seen major companies become involved in the education system of schools in Dubai and Sharjah, UAE and saw the effects on the students’ education first hand. Special needs students and ELL students suffered a great deal at the expense of a ‘cheaper’ option. It is a major issue that will have to be addressed if our students are going to receive what they need, not what the cheapest price will offer them. Globalization has allowed educators to become more informed about what they are teaching; in some cases exciting first-hand information is available. Teachers and secondary students alike no longer have to rely on their textbooks alone, or even online articles, but in many cases they can go right to the source if needed. For example, if a student is completing a project about Russia they can email the office of a Russian ambassador right away. In some cases, they may even have the opportunity to chat with the ambassador online. Through globalization, via technology of course, current information is now available to teachers and students. This can be an issue for schools as the information in textbooks can become outdated very easily compared to what the students can access online immediately. One other possible issue that should be considered is that ''as the store of knowledge expands throughout the world, all people should have access to it'' (Globalization, Knowledge, Education, and Training in the Informative Age) not just the citizens of first world nations. How can we challenge our students to take this problem on and seek a solution? I have ranked Corporatization second due to how much influence companies/corporations have had and will have on students.
Yearly standardized testing is only a single piece of evidence of how many school's have turned away from teaching to develop thinking but rather focus on training students for the test. Issue
4 Globalization and education are both
dependent on the act of interaction.
Interaction is the energy source of
globalization and the staple of the
classroom. Interaction allows
experiences to occur and can support
comprehension. Secondary students
for the most part are social creatures
who thrive on interaction. It can be
a great challenge controlling interaction
between students however knowing the full
weight of the benefits and with the proper guidance observed by the teacher, interactive lessons between
students can not only by fun but fruitful. In regards to globalization, ''interaction between cultures can sometimes impact local cultures in what is considered by some a negative impact (Globalization and Culture, 2004).'' This is a major concern of many people across the globe; they are concerned that heavy amounts of interaction and integration ''may result in a loss of local culture/identity'' (Globalization and Culture, 2004). 3 I have ranked interaction at number three due to how great the influence of interactions between a student to student or student to teacher can be. One interaction can inspire an idea or deflate a dream in moments. Teachers must always take into account how much we influence our students even when we are not directly speaking with them. Through trade and the exporting of not only
goods but human resources many struggling nations
around the globe have been able to develop. This development has occurred via the spreading of new ideas
or technological advances (globalization), IE bringing electricity to small villages by way of a hydro-electric dam. The development of the third world countries has not only improved the quality of life for those people but in many cases has allowed our students' in the United States to become more aware of the issues of developing nations. Keeping development equal among nations will be the great challenge. Where development occurs around the world is set by the leaders of the developed countries, this often puts second and third world nations at the mercy of those developed nations. Another challenge brought about by development will be the maintenance of a competitive market as a nation develops and if a nation can not maintain their market, they be left out completely (ECLAC, 2002).'' Challenge
5 Development has been ranked at number five. Although there is some influence regarding secondary student in the United States, it is sadly not a point of interest for most of our students. As educators we must focus on developing our students' interest and understanding of developing nations. I have found one of the best ways to do this is to have students interact with a student from a developing nation. They develop personal relationships with these peers and gain first-hand knowledge about life in a developing nation-state. Due to globalization, technology
has covered almost every piece
of the earth. Technology has
accelerated communication and
has allowed business and trade to
be conducted at a rate of lightning speed. ''Technology has enabled cross-border linkages among national financial markets'' allowing transactions to occur between nations with great ease (Technology and Globalization, 2011).
Technology is the leading trend within the sphere of globalization, it's existence has changed the way we communicate with each other and the rate at which we correspond with one another. 1 I have ranked technology number one as it has changed the way we teach and they way our students learn as a whole. Students today, especially secondary students must be competent in the use of technology. Technology has also enabled them to access up to date information swiftly. Technology has has given our students another approach to learning and application. I ranked information at number four due to the fact that students may be influenced by the information given to them in a lesson but they can easily access other knowledge instantly. 2
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