Discuss about the Contemporary Issues in Education.
Among different types of contemporary issues of education, globalisation is one of the most important issues (Ritzer & Dean, 2015). In this essay, I have analysed two different concepts of globalisation and their impact on my educational and professional career. At last, I have provided my own professional and cultural perspectives of globalisation.
Cultural flows and disjuncture
The complexity of contemporary global economy must do with certain basic disjuncture between culture, economy and politics that we have hardly started to theorise. A basic framework to explore such disjuncture is to focus on the connection among five dimensions related to global cultural flow. The five dimensions include mediascapes, ethoscapes, finanscapes, technoscapes and ideoscapes (idosi.org, 2016).
Information ageor shifting scapes
Ethnoscapes include the group of persons (refugees, tourists, immigrants and so on), who comprise the shifting world. It refers to the migration of individuals belong to different cultures and borders, presenting the worlds and its various societies as mobile and fluid instead of stagnant (worldhistory.pitt.edu, 2016).
Due to globalisation, commodification of education is palpable since the primary school to higher level of education. It affects the students and as well as their parents (unesco.org, 2016). Hence, my parents and me are also affected by this. As an Arabian woman, I had to face several difficulties due to the commodification of education. It creates a social pressure if somebody wants to admit his child in an excellent school. Stromquist & Monkman (2014) stated that, due to the ethnoscapes people have becomes more inclined to admit their children in a good English-medium school so that they do not lag behind in the era of aggressive competition related to education and profession. This education process was not actually beneficial for me and other students.
Being a teacher, I have analysed that globalisation also affect the proficiency of teachers also. This is because the teachers of the contemporary schools have to work under huge pressure in terms of maintaining the position of the school in the league table in order to sustain the economic support come from the government. The competition is increasing rapidly for achieving targets, increasing the per-capita funding, working together for formulating local finance of student worth. Here, schools only compete for recruiting those can contribute to the improvement of the schools by funding. Hence, I feel this is not a proper education system as it creates huge pressure on students, teachers and their families.
However, as Arab has huge distance between its cities; hence, e learning is of greater value, especially for girls that has been possible for globalisation. However, it increases the inequality between the students belong to rich and poor families. As a teacher, I feel that all the students must get equal education so that the income equality can be deceased actively.
In conclusion, it can be said that globalisation has affected the education system and different professions in both the ways positively and negatively. However, it is crucial to transform the negative sides of globalisation into positive sides for increasing its benefits toward the greater society.
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