Globalization: Culture and Education in the New Millennium

Globalization: Culture and Education in the New Millennium

Globalization: Culture and Education in the New Millennium

Globalization: Culture and Education in the New Millennium


Globalization defines our era. While it has created a great deal of debate in economic, policy, and grassroots circles, many aspects of the phenomenon remain virtual terra incognita. Education is at the heart of this continent of the unknown. This pathbreaking book examines how globalization and large-scale immigration are affecting children and youth, both in and out of schools. Taking into consideration broad historical, cultural, technological, and demographic changes, the contributors--all leading social scientists in their fields--suggest that these global transformations will require youth to develop new skills, sensibilities, and habits of mind that are far ahead of what most educational systems can now deliver.

Drawing from comparative and interdisciplinary materials, the authors examine the complex psychological, sociocultural, and historical implications of globalization for children and youth growing up today. The book explores why new and broader global visions are needed to educate children and youth to be informed, engaged, and critical citizens in the new millennium.


Virtually all aspects of modern life—our jobs, our culture, our relationships with one another—are being transformed by the profound forces of globalization. Goods and people flow across national borders, and data and information flash around the world, at an ever accelerating rate.

Not only has globalization become the central issue of our time, but it will define the world our children inherit. So those concerned about the future must ask, how are our primary and secondary schools preparing today's students to be successful citizens in a global society?

That was the question posed one crisp fall week last year at a seminar in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hosted by Harvard University and the Ross Institute. the participants who gathered to exchange ideas included an array of international academics from various scholarly disciplines, a group of senior education and immigration policy makers from Sweden, a contingent of teachers and administrators from the Ross School, and several European high-tech executives. the ensuing exchanges between participants of such diverse backgrounds and points of view suggested to all that a major conversation on a topic of critical significance to the future of our children is long overdue.

This book grew from the Harvard-Ross Seminar on Education for Globalization and broadens that conversation. It is intended as a tool for . . .

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