The United States as an educational and information powerhouse

The other day I was flipping through one of my old books – Barron’s 2001 American School Profiles – and, once again, I became aware of several unique characteristics of America as the world’s educational powerhouse.

First, America is a different educational destination that values ​​pluralism. In addition to the tens of thousands of educational institutions housing students from the United States and the rest of the world that dot the landscape of this gigantic country, the United States offers a world of college courses. These programs are important to the American population. Eskimo studies, Jewish studies, Native American studies, Hispanic American and Mexican American or Chicano studies, and in recent years, Filipino studies, are some of the peculiar programs offered at American universities that reflect the increasingly multicultural history and heritage. and pluralistic. of the American people (It can also be inferred that past colonial teachers offer courses at their universities that reflect their imperial past. In the UK, Egyptology is a course offered at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. scenario manifests the British interest in Egypt, which historically was one of the colonies in the spheres of influence of imperial Great Britain). As a Boston resident, I am well aware that America, especially Boston, Massachusetts, is the cornerstone of global education. For example, shop at a local Abercrombie and Fitch store and you’ll come across hordes of multicultural youth. You can hear them speaking Central European, French, Japanese, British English and thousands of other lingua franca, demonstrating how the United States is the world’s leading educational access point. You’ll also find a group of well-dressed Japanese tourists who politely volunteer to take my picture as I strolled down School Street in Boston, thinking I was a visitor like them. Or a Red Cross volunteer who considers me a student and asks for my contribution. I agree with LL Cool J, a well-known rap artist, in pointing out that regardless of the United States facing a financial and political crisis, the superpower will always be number one in the world for being primarily a creative hub. Given the millions of citizens in this growing and educational heartland, imagine the vast creativity that this population can produce.

Second, no country in the world is as democratic as the United States. Academic freedom prevails everywhere. Students are encouraged to participate and express their views beginning in elementary school. Talk show popularity airs during the day, prime time, and night, suggesting you’re in Oprah’s country.

Third, in the United States, the right to information is highly respected and respected. America is a reading society. Publication and documentation are valued for their purpose of keeping the American public abreast of the knowledge and events that affect their daily lives. Also, if you are curious about something in particular under the sun, expect that when you Google it, a wealth of information is available for that topic that has already been posted or blogged. I have experienced this particularly when conducting my research on this contemporary phenomenon of students taking study abroad programs or traveling abroad to study at university. Lo and behold, I realized that the United States has institutionalized the subject of my graduate thesis and has even coined the term for it: international education. And boy, institutions like the Institute of International Education in New York City (where I ordered the references needed to complete my study) and experts in international education have been around for a long time! In addition, another scenario about the operation of this information center is just two months after the 33 Chilean miners were trapped in the centennial copper and gold mine in Chile, the book The 33 Men by the American author Jonathan Franklin had already been published. . In fact, the United States is the ideal place when you need a great deal of information for your research work or simply enjoy learning and discovering more. In addition, art films that focus on the immense tendencies of human nature abound, such as the ballet psychodrama The Black Swan starring Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender’s film about sex addiction explained in Shame, and the story of love between May and December of a young student-older man similar to Lolita. The movie An Education starring Peter Sarsgaard and Carey Mulligan makes it easy for your inner humanity to develop tremendously if you live in the United States. This educational heart allows an individual’s intention to be highly educated, civilized, elegant, and cultured.

Fourth, apparently, Americans have a role and voice in almost every field of knowledge and human interest. They are interested in, discovering and documenting anything under the sun for which the whole world recognizes them, such as the name of the dinosaurs (19th century Yale scholars are credited for this), the lowing of the profit of cows for industry cattle ranch (Thanks to Temple Grandin, an American prodigy in animal science and animal behavior), and National Geographic’s informative accounts in their magazine about the lavender-laden perfume fields of Provençe, the aquatic wonders of the Galapagos Islands, the dramatic spill of oil from the Exxon Valdez in Alaska and the colorful Orinoco waterway tea in the heart of Venezuela. The United States certainly allocates substantial funds to defend not only the inalienable right to know of its citizens but also the rest of the world.

Fifth, as the world’s educational Mecca, the United States is an acclaimed investor in people. It provides opportunities to anyone who intends to do whatever it takes to achieve their life plans, regardless of their background. For example, Temple Grandin, a typical Boston resident, was diagnosed with high functioning autism at a young age. Later in her life, she became an expert in animal science. Dr. Grandin is an American physician specially trained in animal science and behavior. Gifted and versatile, she has gone on to become a professor at Colorado State University, best-selling author, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and inventor of the cuddle machine, designed to calm hypersensitive people and a mode of therapy. of stress relief. In 2010, the life story of Dr. Grandin was made into a film with her namesake. The inspiring film won a Golden Globe for Claire Danes, the actress who played the title role.

Finally, the US offer of Scandinavian studies, British studies, Canadian studies, Dutch and Polish in some of its tertiary institutions shows the intention of the United States to extend its appendages of influence, be it political, economic or cultural, to the territories treated by these. study programs. In addition, it is in the ideals of the United States to strengthen its diplomatic relations established with its allies, with the aim of obtaining a better knowledge and understanding of these countries. On the American television show, Rick Steves’s Europe, I am surprised to conclude that American expats are everywhere, studying and becoming better acquainted with the other residents of this world. Rick Steves is an American author, historian, and television personality who hosts his Eurocentric travel show. The episodes feature Mr. Steves traveling in strange but astonishingly picturesque places, such as the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, the Balkan side, and other delights of the Adriatic. In one of the episodes, he met a fellow American writer and permanent resident of Slovenia who authored a travel guide on life and times in the land of southern Europe. Additionally, an American scholar, David Timberman, has vividly captured a lucid account of the Philippine sociocultural landscape in his book A Changeless Land: Continuity and Change in Philippine Politics, one of my required readings in graduate school. As an observer, these scenarios present the United States as projecting an international presence similar to the Roman Empire. So, you could hope that if you traveled to unconventional tourist destinations like Greenland or Iceland, you could always expect to find hints of the American.

This is how the United States functions as the educational center of the world. I must say that any keen observer and willing learner could develop intellectually in a fertile land for educational activities that is America.

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