Globalizing Education or Educating Globalization?

David R. Loy


The English word education originally derives from the Latin
e-ducere, ‘to draw out, to draw forth.’ To draw forth what? For
the sake of what? Etymology already draws us into the essential
issue: why do we educate? Why do we believe that education is so
important? Needless to say, fi nal agreement has never been reached,
and very likely never will be. Today many people in different parts
of the world believe that their educational systems are in a state
of crisis, but there are very different ideas about what that crisis is,
and what is needed to make education better. Those questions
become even more important when we consider the double impact
of globalization on education, and of education on our globalizing

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