I read an article today from the Economist
that was troubling, especially to over ambitious students who like to try and plan their entire future from undergrad until 40. The article was about MBA programs, and how their dwindling worth due to the sheer number of programs available now, that simply weren’t available years ago (For example, the article states that India has over 5,500 MBA programs alone). Reading the article really made real to me the current situation of the market for jobs (and education): I was not competing to separate myself from just my American counterparts, but rather a much larger number of colleagues from around the world.
This article really drove home what Baker was saying the Globalization Reader. We conceptualize education closely with our home nation, but when in reality, our education system has been just as susceptible to globalization as every other factor. What Baker doesn’t hit on is that while there might be an established global framework for schooling, Western education, and better yet Western Social mobility is something that is not being made available on a global scale; higher weight is still placed on traditional Western powerhouses of education (despite their actual ranking among the world’s elite educational institutions), and entering the top percents of socioeconomic status is still a road that ends up in western thought.