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Globalisation, Education and Language

Raising Global Children

According to the New South Wales Department of Education in Australia, learning another language from a young age develops an understanding and respect for other cultures, people, their ideas and ways of thinking. Future career opportunities will be greater in an increasingly globalized market, and global connections are enriched.

Globalisation is a phenomenon that have caused severe changes to the world we live in. One of the platforms globalisation have had the most impact on is education. As a result of globalisation, education is undergoing constant changes. It brings rapid developments within the educational systems around the world, as different knowledge, ideas and values emerge into one another and produces a shift in society. Globalisation reflects an effect on culture that brings a new form of cultural imperialism, shaping children into ‘global citizens’ of the world.

Many developing countries experience a growth in their educational systems that are available to them due to the entry of institutions from the “West”. Some people call this Western imperialism, and worry that the influence of western culture and educational tools will damage developing countries identity and character. People around the world are now more connected with each other than ever before. Therefore, the need for understanding and interaction between human societies are now more reachable, and valuable than earlier expected. Education in this new global society has a greater responsibility to incorporate global knowledge, and be able to reach the standards of todays expected educational levels on an international scale. Changes within education builds the ground for emerging variations of values and attitudes towards the rest of the world.

Herbie Hancock said that: “Globalisation means we have to re-examine some of our ideas, and look at ideas from other cultures, and open ourselves to them.”

Being Bilingual

Back home in Norway, every child from the age of nine learn English in school, in addition to more insightful knowledge about our native language, Norwegian. Later, in Middle School, every adolescent have the option to learn one or two of three languages: French, German and Spanish. It is a requirement for every young adult, that by the time they graduate High School, they will be able to fluently communicate in English, and have some knowledge and understanding of one of the three other languages. This was not a requirement when my Grandfather went to school 80 years ago. However, through the influence of globalisation, the educational system in Norway are able to not only teach students several other languages, but also provide profound knowledge about the culture and history behind those languages.

Studies have shown that children with better language skills, in any language, are more likely to develop their brain better, have better communicational skills and better prepared for life in the ‘real world’.

How many languages do you speak?

Here’s a funny video of things bilingual people do:


Globalisation, Facebook and People

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People spend in total over 700 billion minutes per month on Facbook.

Isn’t it annoying when you’re hanging out with friends but they’re unable to leave their phones for more than 10 minutes at a time? Don’t you miss having long, deep conversations with your friends and family without having them go through their Facebook feed several times throughout the conversation? Sure, social media is a great way to communicate with friends and loved ones. It’s a great way to keep in touch and keep tabs on people you would have nothing to do with otherwise. However, social media also reduces most of our everyday conversations to writing in a small chat-box. It’s easier to get a hold of people, but don’t you miss the times when you had to call peoples landline to talk, or walk over to their houses to see if anyone was home? Instead of meeting up with people and discussing plans face to face, we would rather lay stay home, by ourselves, talking through a technological digit that allows us to keep in touch, but still keep our distance to the people we choose..

Social media allows people to not only keep in touch with friends and loved ones, but also learn about the world around us.

As Seth Godin said, “How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable.

People connect with other people from different cultures all the time, either through ‘friends in common’ or similar interests. Are Western (and other) societies now so involved in social media and globalisation that we slowly but surely lose our own cultural identity? People are now ordering clothes and shoes from across the world. The Australian Ugg-boot, which was originally made for surfers to use after being out in the water for hours at a time, is now sold around the world as popular winter shoes. Opinions, fashion, values and people are now more connected than ever. The click of a button gives endless opportunities, and a simple search on google provides infinite information from all over the globe, that would never be available without internet or social media. Social media have allowed me to connect to people from all over the world. When I was in Norway, preparing to go study in Australia, I joined groups on Facebook to connect with other people that were already here. One time, I received an interesting messages from Turkey, proposing marriage. Only a few days ago, I received a call from Algerie, because apparently, if people find me on Facebook they also have access to my phone number.

Social networking already accounts for 28 percent of all media time spent online, and users aged between 15 and 19 spend at least three hours per day on average using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Eighteen per cent of social media users can’t go a few hours without checking Facebook, and 28 percent of iPhone users check their Twitter feed before getting up in the morning.

Are you addicted to Facebook?

Here’s a funny video that will make you want to delete yours.

Globalisation through Social Media

Social Media

Our present time has evolved into a time of technological development. There is constantly new additions to technological resources, and as it advances, it also spreads worldwide. Globalisation is the process which societies and cultures have become integrated through a global network of communication. Social media is a platform for social interaction, allowing people from all over the world with access to internet to communicate with each other.

Author John Hickman said “Globalisation can be seen positively as a system of changes that improves life chances for all, or it can be seen negatively as a force that offers greater liberty to some at the expense of others. It’s a process of integrating global economies, societies and cultures.”

Before, globalisation was done ‘one-way’ through radio, television, films and newspapers. But now, anyone can share, comment and voice their opinions and perspectives on anything the media releases. People use social media to interact, create, share and exchange ideas and information. This platform of communication has extended to almost every part of our living.

As the American author of Socialnomics, Erik Qualman stated: “Social media isn’t a fad, it’s a fundamental shift in the way we communicate.”

Social media and networking tools have been one of the most effective tools to direct social change.

Personally, almost all news, campaigns or charity organisations I hear about or get involved in, is because I learn about them through social media such as Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. For my own part, I try to stay away from most social media platforms and are only connected to a select few. But as the years go by, I keep finding myself more and more integrated into this phenomena that is the World Wide Web and social media. Where would we be? What would we know? How would we act? If today’s society weren’t as influenced by this platform as it now is?

Our everyday lives revolve around the internet, and sometimes, people are more interested in what is going on inside their phones, rather than what is happening in their ‘real’ lives. Some people may argue that this is a bad thing. But there are positive outcomes to this new, easy way of connecting.

Social media acts as a medium to help people understand and respect cultures that are different from their own. Societies that before seemed so far and unapproachable, are now just a click away. The ability to communicate with people from those societies, are now easier than ever. Go to Facebook and search for a place. Maybe Brazil? Maybe Iran? There, you can find all kinds of people who reside or have been to those countries. I have received many friend requests and inbox messages from people all over the world with questions about me or my home country (Norway). Connecting to strangers who live on the other side of the world can now be done within minutes. And by this, values, perspectives, and opinions around the world have significantly changed, and in some instances, improved.

Have you gained a better understanding of other values, perspectives and cultures after the age of social media?

“It has been said that arguing against globalisation is like arguing against the laws of gravity.” –Kofi Annan

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