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Students of the World
American Journalism Center ^ | May 18, 2010 | Spencer Irvine

Posted on 05/18/2010 7:17:16 AM PDT by bs9021

Students of the World

Spencer Irvine, May 18, 2010

The concept of appealing to the world on a global or universal platform may seem kind, considerate, and pleasing, but ignores the importance of each nation’s sovereignty and even pride in one’s country. In his book, The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World, author Ben Wildavsky stresses the importance of understanding how global universities, or universities that have research or academic influence beyond that home campuses, at the cost of protecting and maintaining university standards at the home campuses and home countries. He appeals to the idea that globalization is occurring and if we as Americans miss this opportunity, we will fall behind the other globalizing nations, such as China, India, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

One could tell of the author’s political leanings through several hints and references to perceptions of certain university’s high-ranking administrative members. In the case of Yale University’s dean, the dean states that Yale wants its students and graduates to view themselves as global citizens while not giving into their own American bias and perspectives. Stanford’s former associate vice president for strategic planning, Roberta Katz, believes that Stanford’s aim is to “have a global mind-set, from an educational perspective, [which] is very important to us.” She avoids the “international” label for her university’s perspective, feeling that the word “international” focuses on students seeing the world from the American perspective as the educational “hub of the wheel.” She feels that Stanford is a global university with a global, not American, perspective. From these examples, the liberal thinking is exposed for what it is: unfocused on America and focused on the world’s perspective, and afraid to offend those who may not agree with American ideas and perspective....

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TOPICS: Education; Politics; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: bookreview; education; harvard; yale

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