Contextualized Education in Global Schools: Conceptualizing School Systems in a Global World

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Guerin, Loren
education; global curriculum; education for all; alternative education; global schools; schooling; globalization; Education; Educational Methods; Environmental Studies; International and Area Studies; Other Education; Urban Studies and Planning
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Education has been prioritized by global agencies as a universal right and current trends in the United Nations global benchmarks and development agencies call for education for all and a set of global values to guide educational policy and practice. This paper aims to problematize the current understanding of schooling and educational systems in a globalized world while demonstrating the need to move away from a global curriculum based on homogenized values and towards a contextualized education system. By looking at the evolution of Western Education, the use of education by colonial powers, and an in depth case study of the evolution of the Cuban schooling system this paper will explore the danger in subscribing to a one size fits all schooling system.