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seth stephens

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Should there be an international agency in charge of regulating education and if so how much authority should it have.

the United Nations exist to foster peace and sponsors different agencies and governments throughout the world (WHO, world courts, interpol) would not a similar agency charged with monitoring how countries specifically in war-torn or underdeveloped nations bu generally everywhere are training and indoctrinating their youth.

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    Mar 13 2014: No, I don't believe there should be an international agency. Even if it could be accomplished, standardizing education would result in the outflow of ideas that have the same base. It would decrease originality and diversity in how we approach issues and most likely lead to less issues being resolved. I'd also expect to see an overemphasizing in whatever particular field the standardization is set, such as mathematics, science, language, or whatever subject is viewed as most important by the governing body.

    As far as structure goes, the entire world is still trying to find the best format for education; putting a stop to that experimentation can only result in a more permanent educational model that's still in need of improvement, especially since a standardized model couldn't take into account the local cultures of different countries.
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      Mar 16 2014: I agree with alot of what you are saying here. but my ideas with sucha hypothetical international agency would be not as an enforcement of some imagined internatinal standard but more as just another outlet to foster global learning. perhaps this natural education evolution that occurs as different cultures and different economies tackle and solve different problems in varied way would benefit from some clever and discreet observation. bureaucracy has a negative connotation in a lot of countries due to real or imagined fears of corruption and a prevailing view that the best government is as small as possible( this is mostly an American things as the EU has some very socialist leaning governments) but a well constructed lighted-handed approach to monitoring global methods of education and adapting improvements keeping local economic necessities, and cultures among other issues in mind could help some of the developing nations to fill gaps in there workforce faster as they create more complex societies while at the same time allow "t eh west" to see that there are other ways of dong thing . in short we are now alll learning from each other but a little more organization would aid us learning faster.
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        Mar 20 2014: You've indicated that this international agency wouldn't have too much power. Would you be able to clarify what power it would have and what its responsibilities would be?

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