Fortunately, the U.S. is so far from the leadership in both economic prosperity and educational leadership that it can re-invent itself with alacrity. As future scholars look at their education in global terms they should consider the role of technology and information transfer, adoption, and adaptation for teaching and learning. Education underlies our success. And, our students are looking for means to take them from where they are now to success, substance and world leadership.
Leadership is defined by a multitude of variables. Our world leaders should recognize the complex interchange between history and the present, geography and politics, current distribution of wealth and the differing societal core values that make each corner of the world unique. Advances towards globalization in education may include the growth of global networking, however, any hardware, software and content sharing has vast social, political, cultural and economic implications.
It is acceptable to adopt advances in education that become defined by globalization relative to perspective, technique, core content and its ability to meet the needs of functional priorities, whether local or global. But, common core learning need not require students to become skillful in twenty methods to solve problems. Rather, instructors and students should recognize that internationally there are twenty valid ways to reach the same answer, the best method being that which works most efficiently for the individual. The challenge is then for the instructor to know enough about each method so as to help the students stymied by their preferred techniques. However, we cannot lose sight of objectives – productive, successful fit into U.S. society. And, the globalized education should yield greater familiarity and perspective, but it should still be laudable value-based, unique and not easily reproduced in a foreign setting, by foreign students. There must be appropriate metrics of education, training, and even more importantly, appropriate places in a well-developed economy into which the aspiring, successful students will uniquely fit.
All should be exposed to the “liberal arts” and appreciate that the world exists at heights and depths, with blistering hot regions and cold, the arid and wet, filled with colors and a cacophony of sound. There are diffuse textures, flavors, and sensations abounding. Above all, there are numerous forms of life with differing appearances, mannerisms, needs, and desires. Yet, in the United States, the combined efforts of our families, communities, governments, industries, and educational systems should be responsible for cooperatively rearing our citizen-progeny to work cooperatively for our success as individuals and as a nation.
Consider birds. Most pairs of birds would not build a nest in a precarious manner, unable to support their eggs, inviting other birds to use it, leaving little space for their own eggs, and looking out for others before their own hatchlings. On the other hand, there are species that reproduce voluminously because the progeny are on their own from birth, some even as soon as the eggs are laid. Fortunately, we are not one of those. We simply need to do better at acting like it, regarding many issues of citizen-livelihood, particularly education and post-education economic placement.
We need trending educational and business systems that are global in perspective and skills development, but local and national in terms of graduating students and developing citizens who are prepared to succeed and make the U.S. economy thrive. We need systems that develop students to fill service, manufacturing, technology development and leadership opportunities that we should be creating for them, here in America. Education underlies the success of our nation. And, ISG Success believes your education matters.