This Issue in Depth provided a preliminary analysis of global education in its many roles and functions. Although the nature and vastness of global education is certainly to large to cover within these short pages, they provide a ground-work so that one may understand the modern global dynamics impacting education on several levels, through several perspectives.
We examined global education through a business perspective, both for-profit and not-for-profit, as well as through theoretical and governmental lenses. In each of these realms we see elements on the individual, local community, national government, and international organization level. With the help of new technologies we see increased interaction between and among these realms, fostering new partnerships, initiatives, and standards.
In recent decades, we have witnessed both the globalization of education and the education of globalization becoming means and ends unto themselves. They have become systems of mutual dependency and responsiveness. We see new education structures emerge, simultaneously creating both new solutions and new challenges in learning.
The introduction of virtual and digital education transcends not only classrooms, but geopolitical borders challenging the traditions of a system set in place since perhaps the beginning of time (in one form or another). The blending of local, national, international, and public and private enterprise should create a fascinating transformation of education systems and standards around the world as economic globalization creates new demands from workers.
As with many other debates surrounding globalization, there are many differing viewpoints about the basis and conclusion of such transformations. While this Issue in Depth does not address those elements, one point is certainly evident: change in education is abounded.
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