Throughout history, mankind has been plagued with religious wars, prejudiced and racism. These atrocities are often sparked by many factors; distrust, close mindedness, misinterpretation, and a lack of understanding and communication, even sometimes by people just being too stubborn. Ideas and beliefs that are considered acceptable for one person’s culture may bring offense to another’s. With the increasing tension between countries in the world today, it is easy to draw lines in the sand and point fingers at others and state “we are right, and you are wrong.” Sometimes it is hard to look at the big picture and realize that everyone on Earth is still part of a greater whole. Often we forget that it is our differences that make us unique and make the world exciting to live in. Even more often we forget what wonderful things the different peoples of the coming together has brought us. By sharing our beliefs and culture we open many windows of opportunity and understanding to the rest of the world. Humanity’s continued globalization will usher in new eras of education, economics, and cultural exchanges. Ideas that remind us of how far we have come as a species, and how exciting it is when we know how far we can go. . . . As Dr. Steven Miles suggests: “Globalization can be defined as the intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa.”


    Education has always been a sensitive topic. Alone, it seems to meet with resistance to change more than anything does. Battro and Denham tell us “… so far the sector that has most tenaciously and frontally resisted such globalization has been education itself.” Fear of budget cuts and questionable techniques brought upon by close mindedness and politics has prevented the advancement of ideas. Understandably, parents should be concerned about the information taught to their children. Although, an active participation shows an excellent interest in their child’s academic career, squabbles of evolution versus creation have long since lost their positions. With the increase and dropping costs of technology available today, we could connect the world’s education facilities like never before.

    The time is soon, the place is anywhere; the globalized world will bring educational resources to anyone, at anytime. The days of learning confined in a classroom have passed. According to the vision of Joongbu University, “The 21st century will mark an era when all global villages will gradually unite into one huge society […] we live in a revolutionary age brought about by the development of information and communication technology.” Technology that will shape, raise and define the educational standards for the 21st century and beyond.

    Imagine a world where the latest technology is available to everyone, a world where children in Moscow could instant message their friends in San Diego to explain what a snowman is. A world where one student could take a virtual tour of the pyramids of Giza, while the student next to her views the launch of the space shuttle via a web cam without leaving their suburban classrooms. The globalized world represents the absolute realization dream of education. It will be the purest form of the idea, the most advanced, the state of the art. Gone will be the washed out quantity of information learned by students. The overwhelming amount of quality information that will suddenly become available is staggering. This will be an exciting educational experience, one that will open a whole new world before us, truly a wonderful time to be alive.    


    Due to the inability or lack of desire, the governments of the world either could or would not bring world peace; this task was left to the corporations and commercialism to forge a path. Thus, globalization fell to one of the most basic of human faults to begin a change. Greed led to profit and profit to commerce. The Euro opened the door, suddenly for the first time in history, almost every European country could agree on something. The beginnings of national collaboration were at hand. The flood gates of prosperity were open. The world watched and it made sense. Concerning the global economy, Dr. Juan Vacchino tells us: “We have reached a point where economic unification at a global level appears to be possible.”

     Where economic globalization has occurred, American culture has symbiotically been exchanged with another cultures, an improvised world peace has thrived. Distrust and fear have been replaced with understanding and cooperation. According to the Program on International Policy Attitudes: “a strong majority [of Americans] also thinks the globalization of the economy makes the understanding of other cultures even more important than in the past.” The commercial point of view being, how can you sell a product to someone if you don’t know how they will respond, or use it.

    If the politics of one society can no longer agree with another, the responsibility should not fall to shoulders of the private sector. Although often in history the private sector will bear the responsibility of the government (and at a much lower cost). How many times have we seen the swift and enhanced results when a commercial contractor takes over the production of our highways and local park and recreation facilities? Perhaps the “powers that can”, should replace the “powers that be” concerning these aspects, which lowered tensions more, when Nixon visited China, or after Ronald McDonald moved in?



    By the time I was 10 years old I had the pleasure of visiting four and living in two different countries. Having lived in the metropolises of Tehran, Detroit, Phoenix, Denver, I’ve experienced the cultures of the people as diverse as “tea time” to celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Thus, when I first moved to Oklahoma and subsequently the small “town” that I grew up in, I was in for quite a culture shock or more adequately a “lack of culture” shock. Growing up in my hometown, the local restaurants consisted of a McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and two Mom and Pop home cooking restaurants. Imagine the surprise when I asked a local patron where I could something a little more exotic to eat. (By exotic, I mean something, anything other than a “chicken-fried” beef product.) The local population either had a lack of interest in, or a lack of knowledge of life outside of their immediate environment.

    Many people of the world view that American culture is similar to a virus, it spreads into another country and takes over. This is half-truth at best. The United States was founded on the values and cultures of peoples as different from each as we are from our forefathers. With the English colonies on the East, the Native Americans that were already present, and the Latin existence in the Southwest America itself is the melting pot of cultures, none more correct than another. According to Zwingle, and correctly so “…when cultures receive outside influences, they ignore some and adopt others…” This truth has allowed McDonald’s to exist (although with some differences) in countries around the world. Simultaneously, these people may be unaware that America doesn’t just export culture, because of the shear diversity of its people, possibly a greater diversity than any other country, it has “borrowed” more culture from everywhere else, than it has produced itself.

    A globalized culture, one which has taken all of the good from every culture, and discards any of the bad, will ultimately herald a new age of tolerance and understanding. A new social climate will emerge, preventing one (country) from harming another. When one understands their neighbor, not only can they not harm him, but how can they not help him as well?



    As the world becomes more globalized, technology and communications bring the world closer together like never before. As a result, a large number of “developing” countries are making progress and great strides into declaring their place in the world. With better technology comes a better occupational opportunity. However, with these opportunities come greater occupational hazards and environments. North Korea may know it needs Uranium for nuclear energy, but may not be conscious of the massive effort necessary to completely handle it in a safe and healthy manner.

    When American restaurants are opened in another country, usually a cleaner and healthier work environment (workspace, restrooms, and break rooms) is introduced. Following are the increased standards of the local populace. Bernice Goelzer explains: “Such positive actions are often extended from their workers to their families and to surrounding communities thus contributing to better public health.”  How often have we as humans become accustomed to a luxury, then become so dependant on it, that when it is removed, we focus our efforts with indomitable drive, determined to return our quality of life back to what we deem as an “acceptable” level.

    Concerning all areas of globalization, amidst the educational, economic, and cultural concerns, the area of health is an important topic that is easily overlooked. Improved globalized health, is a direct result of a superior globalized education, although sometimes this may lag behind a normal change process. Clapham and Gosden explain the relation: “Better education is related to higher income; better –educated people can afford better access to health services and healthy lifestyles. Higher levels of education have also been shown to lead to a greater awareness of health risks influencing changes in behavior.” Once educated and made aware, the local population knows what is harmful, when the ignorance is removed local populations take steps to change and improve their lifestyles.



 

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Clapham, Katherine and Gosden, Diane.  “Education and Indigenous Health In A Globalized World.”  University of Sydney.  April 2000.  28/02/03. http://www.aare.edu.au/01pap/cla01442.htm

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            http://www.joongbu.ac.kr/english/joongbu_vision21/vision21_concept.html

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    My name is Aaron Anglea, a current student at Tulsa Community College; pursuing a degree in art. "What does a degree in art require a website like this for?" I am so glad that you asked, honestly I do not know, but it seems that biology classes are required too. (Gee, there could be a whole other website on the progression of colleges from academic institutions to commercial entities right here.) However, let us not digress, and allow me to share an insight with you. For years, we expected the future would be a bright, optimistic place filled with peace and awe. Through my adventures in life, I have observed that people will generally fall into two categories: those that will ask "why” (people who change to their environment) and those that will ask "why not” (change their environment to fit them). It is for the latter that I express this website. The year is 2003, the millennium has passed and we find ourselves in the 21st century. To view the world by a few societies, we unquestionably marvel at our accomplishments and celebrate our achievements.  As far as we have come, we must conversely look at the remainder, the majority of the world and wonder at the advancements we still must make. The future I dream of is a world where opportunity will be equal for everyone: a world where children in Los Angeles are able to express ideas with their counterparts in Sierra Leone. A world where one can dine on authentic Mexican and Japanese cuisine in their hometown. A world  which allows the cultures of the world to coexist. A world where one can journey to any country as effortlessly as the purchase of a ticket and communicate with anyone without the language or cultural barriers. I dream of a world with small town familiarity and metropolitan technology and opportunities. Now is the time for this vision to become a reality. My hope is that after this visit, that you will share my vision, and facilitate the shaping the world into an exciting and adventurous location.

 

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