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Education and the Rise of the Global Economy


reviewed by Lynn Ilon — 2001

coverTitle: Education and the Rise of the Global Economy
Author(s): Joel Spring
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, NJ
ISBN: 0805830138, Pages: 210, Year: 1998
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If the global economy is the new bad boy on the block, then Joel Spring makes a telling case that this kid is out to spoil the neighborhood. Spring derives his evidence, in large part, from a review of educational policies worldwide that accommodate the pressures of the global economy. His thesis is that both diversity and human agency are being put at increased risk by the growth of a global economy. He makes a good case for this thesis and advances it with considerable evidence. Chapter one lays the foundation by contending that the most profound change is the growth and acceptance of English as a dominant world language. Along with language domination, American lifestyles are also becoming a global norm. Chapters two through five review national and regional educational policy changes to show that educational systems and policies are being designed to accommodate the following changes caused by the global economy: market share growth in Japan;global trade in Singapore; global standards in the EU; and,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 41-43
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10489, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 6:35:01 PM

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  • Lynn Ilon
    State University of New York, Buffalo
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    Lynn Ilon is an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the Graduate Program in Comparative and Global Studies in Education. She is an educational economist specializing in educational policy and planning issues arising from the globalization of the world’s economies. Her recent work on the topic includes numerous papers as well as invited lectures in several countries. Dr. Ilon has lived and worked through-out the world including three years in Micronesia, two years in Zimbabwe, and a year in Jordan. She holds degrees in International Development Education (Ph.D.), Economics (M.S.), Educational Research and Statistics (M.S.), and Education and Anthropology (B.A.).
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