- We live in a ‘world in motion’ on which material and ideological influences generally flowing from the west to east, and occasionally from east to west are negotiated, rejected, and incorporated at the local level. CITING AT LEAST TWO of the readings, discuss the cognitive, social, and educational changes that take or must take place as means of accommodating new ways of thinking, doing, and seeing.
In Blackmore and Smyth’s “Living with the Big Picture: A Systems Approach to Citizenship of a Complex Planet,” it espoused a design for global citizenship where both non-human and human factors to existence are seen to subsist interdependently to form one system of mechanism in planet Earth. Cognitively, global citizenship should be viewed as a system, as such the term “systems thinking” due to the multifaceted world we live in. Along this line, we should think of the world as a whole or as one entity rather than explore the parts that composed this “whole.” We should consider what the world is from the inside (human factors) and the outside (non-human factors). This may implicate the environment, development and sustainability of the world in general. In terms of the social factors, each one of us must consider the different factors that may influence decision-making and the actions we take as values, beliefs and personal circumstances. There is a need to reconcile these diverse social aspects of human race to complete a firm global citizenship.
On the other hand, “Citizenship in our Globalising World of Technology” by Sytse Strijbos view today’s world as a “technological society.” As to the cognitive position, we must view technology as a “system” which “involves organization, procedures, symbols, new words, equations and, most of all, a mindset” (Strijbos, 2002). Basing from this assertion, it can be generalized that the world today is dependent upon technology in that without it, we would be dysfunctional. With this kind world, technology is already embedded in our social life and is deemed essential to function effectively.
As to the educational system, the global society must promote progressive education in that it must not be stagnant. It should be a continuous learning process to keep up with the changing times and the advent of technological outbreak worldwide. It must provide adequate foundation in order to withstand the transformation of the world from time to time.
- Think ‘outside the box’ and propose a unique but realistic conceptualization of a global society, the rights and responsibilities of the citizenry and the ways in which the state or corporations would support, or not, its existence (in an informed way).
Personally, global society as of today is impossible. But if given the chance to create a global society, it should be begin with values formation. With values formation, all individual will develop the same perspectives and beliefs thus they will not conflict with one another. This racial difference is the root cause of the conflicts our world is experiencing now that is why it should be remedied first. Diversity cannot be avoided but it can be applied in a positive manner. Next to this is the formation of a common governmental system. This government will guide the people in running the world. It must be a combination of democracy and dictatorship. There should be a leader who will act as the coordinator but the voice of the citizenry should be heard to avoid bias and prejudice.
To make it parallel to the technological upsurge at present, technology should be used wisely. Communication, transportation and information dissemination, which are the basic purposes of technology should be enhanced solely for growth and development of nations.
Technology should be used to protect our environment which us now facing gradual degradation as manifested by global warming and the greenhouse effect. Technology must improve skills in management and governance in order to foster cooperation and unity.
As a whole, globalization must be directed to augment the global society and not to cause conflict and misunderstandings through negative aggressive competition. Competition must be promoted to build viable individuals and organizations. Globalization must be a combination of technological advancement and environmental advocacy. Diversity must be aimed at achieving equality and acceptance.
- Theorists propose various conceptions of citizenship in these times of globalization. Select one of those discussed in lecture or the readings and discuss why it would be most appropriate for the society that Inda and Rosaldo describe in their chapter “A World in Motion.” Discuss the competencies this type of citizen must have to move in and out of bounded territories, secure his/her citizenship rights and privileges, and participate in the civic of the local and/or global society.
In Inda and Rosaldo’s “A World in Motion,” it dealt mainly on the globalization of culture which is generally influenced by the West. Cultural diversity is slowly deteriorating especially among Third World countries which are the ones directly affected by the impact of western culture. At some point, patrons of Western-made products are said to be “colonized” in some way since they prefer these goods than their own, original produce. In all aspects of life in the Third World, the West is slowly dominating their culture as “dictated” by the Americans overtly or covertly.
In this light, the type of citizen who can survive the kind of global society today must be globally competitive. Anywhere in the world nowadays, products such as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Microsoft, Levis and Nike are predominantly used. Importation of these products has become rampant and is consumed rapidly. As such to be globally competitive, we must be adept with the latest innovations accepted worldwide or else we would end up ignorant and naive. Each one of us must make sure that we have a place in this world which is rightfully ours and this can only be done by becoming “in” and “one” with the global trend.
Globalization has manipulated economy, politics and culture. In order to participate in civic undertakings both locally and globally, our primitive ways of doing things must be altered. We must live a fast-paced life to cope with the changing times and shrinking spaces. Flexibility, extensibility and well-roundedness should be possessed by the global citizen.
- In a half of page, discuss the role that education must play in preparing this new global citizen. How must education change to instill the competencies described in the response to question?
Education plays an important role in global transformation. It is only through education and learning that the global citizen can adjust to the changing environment. Without education, no change and development can occur. Without proper education, conflicts and misconceptions arise. Globalization may have a negative outcome for the global citizen if it is not well-oriented and updated to the individual. Globalization can only have a positive result only if the global citizen is prepared for it and responds to it satisfactorily if not excellently.
This is why there is a need for progressive education and reforms as well in terms of its standards and policies to correspond to global needs. Education can only be effective if it can be applied in the actual situation. Basing from these views, it calls for educators and policy formulators and implementers to make education as efficient and valuable as possible.
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