Education, Power and Political Economy in The 21 Century: Striking a Balance of Values Within The North-South Dichotomy
Keywords:Education, Digital technology, Power, Culture, Values
Educational institutions are established for a multiplicity of reasons.
Fundamentally, these reasons include making significant and milestone
contributions to societal growth and development in all fields of human
endeavour, research-modelling and postulations of solutions, providing
industries with essential services such as staff training, consultancy,
playing advisory roles to government, policymakers and the organized
private sector. Traditional value systems should constitute the essential
pedestal upon which contemporary educational curriculum and
pedagogy may be erected. One of the most remarkable paradoxes of
contemporary times is the realization that although the capacity to
disseminate or communicate large amount of information has increased
but the ability to communicate clearly and lovingly has declined.
Additionally, if the economic and political systems are not structured in a
way that nobody is so poor as to be desperate then no form of educational
modeling can do the magic. This paper provides revolutionary ideas on
the cultural relevance of educational pedagogy and curriculum. The
paper is segmented into parts; the first part examines element of cultural
and environmental imperatives of education, the second part appraises
the import of digital technology on education, the third part critically
examines the influence of politics and economics on the transmittable
values, the concluding parts provides recommendations and policy
issues on a more desirable distribution of wealth within the global
community using the instrumentality of education.
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