Globalization has elevated the standardof education in such a way that individuals in now globalized world are lavishwith information by the growing number of both private as well as public higherlearning institutions. Shirley (2015) talk about and name these fiveimperatives, remember these are the five old imperatives: (1.) An ideological imperative that emphasizedmarket competition, testing, and standardization as levers to improve schools, despitethe absence of evidence to support these directions; (2.) An imperial imperative that projected thisideology onto other schools and systems as the best way to move forward, evenwhen those other systems were already succeeding by employing different ways toorganize their work; (3.) A prescriptiveimperative that mandated the daily work of educators from higher levels ofschool bureaucracies;( 4.
) An insularimperative that overloaded educators with so many policy demands that theirability to learn from other schools and systems has been seriously impeded; and(5.) An instrumental imperative thatdefined students and teachers in relation to their economic contributions, witha concomitant disregard for values of compassion, solidarity, or service. I must agree with Shirley on theseimperatives, because Stewart (2012) suggested the need to recognize that eventhough as educators we plan for a global context, acknowledging that everydaylife within communities locally necessitate interactions with individuals orgroups from different areas of the world. Hargreaves and Shirley (2012) submitsthe participating in the interconnected global world of education is one way toimprove the future of public education, internationally. Nations can shareeducational data and learn from educational systems around the world from educationalbenchmarking (Hargreaves & Shirley, 2012). The outcome of the collisionbetween technology and education within the global realm are better relationsand more equal educational opportunities. Shirley (2012) also talked about how theproblems of substance abuse in our societies, they’ve alerted us to the need topreserve and uphold artisan cultures, very important if we’re going to have adiverse future instead of a standardized one, and they’ve alerted us to all thepossibilities that lie before us for creative uses of technology.
Globalizationis the process by which different societies, cultures, and regional economiesintegrate through a worldwide network of political ideas through transportation,communication, and trade. Thegreat educational transformations taking place around the world that struck achord with me was, some of the barriers me and my colleagues wrote. We wroteabout how education initiatives might confront poverty of students, educationalpractices not taught to every student equally, and how we as educators muststart to cultivate a learning environment that places emphasis on ethics,knowledge and global literacy. These capabilities “is not limited to a particulardiscipline but, can be integrated throughout a school’s curriculum” (Stewart,2012, p 138). One of the aspects that have been affected by those changes is,without any doubt, education. Apart from some drawbacks, globalization has manypositive effects in education and the way it is delivered not only fordeveloped countries but also for developing countries. As a future educator, I’m thoroughlyinterested in where the future of education will take us. It is frustrating howinefficient our current system is.
We know, that schools are not in need ofreform today, but rather need transformation. While education transform,however, we must not ignore the incredible infrastructure already in place inAmerican Education. Technologytravels at the speed of sound, then the impact of technology can be said totravel at the speed of light. This population, students and educators envisionthe collaborative power and seek facilitation “through increasedefficiency and effectiveness” (Courville, 2011, p. 3).
The role oftechnology, in a traditional school setting, is to facilitate, throughincreased efficiency and effectiveness, the education of knowledge and skills.When technology is directly applied to an educational setting, such as aschool, both the students and teachers can be viewed as learners. Ultimately,technology should serve to increase student achievement in schools. Inaddition, internet based technology allows for teachers to form their ownlearning communities that are not confined to the local school site. Thepolitical changes are the ongoingbattle over education reform and emerging demographic trends do not fit wellfor the success of reform efforts in this country and probably mean tougher, ormore interesting, days at the bargaining table.
To improve the quality ofeducation, we need a sustained over an in definitive period. We need patienceand resolve. As the task of improving education gets tougher and tougher, manypoliticians are likely to turn their attention to other targets of opportunity.I believe all of us interested in improving the quality of education must be equallywilling to rise above the political fray in the search for truly constructivesolutions for our nation’s educational skills. In conclusion, educators are standing onthe brink of an enormous precipice today.
The profession has higher academiccontent standards and more assessment data than ever. While inequities persist,the speed of globalization is providing us with opportunities to overcome thebarriers to greater cooperation and towards greater social harmony and freedom.We are inheritors of noble intellectual traditions and an international canonof philosophies and religions that we can draw on as we lead our profession inthe years ahead. Educators now are being given new opportunities to shape thefuture of our profession. Will we as educators have the courage to step up andto take charge? Will we develop collective professional integrity in whicheducators hold one another to the highest standards?