- Tamar Hoffman
Is it beneficial to world sustainability for non-for-profit organizations to promote internationalizing “western education"?
Most people agree that increasing globalization often is synonymous with increasing westernization in the developing world. This statement is often supported with the trend of internationalizing "western education," often through the efforts of non-for-profit organizations bringing schooling to places where such practices are unpopular. Until now, I have been mostly exposed to evidence that this is positive. People are becoming more educated, they will be able to bring progress to their underdeveloped region, and the rest is happily ever after. However, I have recently begun to understand the controversy that plagues the relationship between globalization, westernization, and education. Is western education even important or useful in those areas that it is being brought to? Should people from the western world be the ones to initiate such reforms, or do we not properly understand the culture to intervene? With the growing power of "the east," is it wise to educate in a "western" manner? What about culture loss? I hope that through interesting debate I will be able to better understand these ideas. Please write also if you wish for clarification on the topic at hand. Thank you in advance for your interest in the subject.