International development, as Joseph Stiglitz emphasized in his recent book Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress, is inextricably linked to education and learning. It is natural, therefore, for an organization, which is dedicated to the field, to engage in both education and economic development projects and to link two sectors, which have traditionally operated, asynchronously.
A developing society requires an education sector, which meets the needs and demands of a strong and prosperous economy, where invention and innovation provide counter weight to bureaucracy and provide the impetus for long-term prosperity throughout society. 21st Century Learning provides much of the starting framework and guidelines towards the construction of such a reality with international education or what Stiglitz might call in economic terms “spillover,” providing an important ingredient of the learning process.
Arguably, it is not always a gap in resources, which afflicts itself upon a developing economy, but a gap in knowledge. PISA, the new program for assessment in education of the OECD reveals a healthy amount of funds being spent on education in Mexico and forecasts reveal a rising gross domestic product. Nevertheless, the country remains rock bottom of the assessment tables and there is a visible lack of investment in creating the physical and psychological infrastructure where creativity, invention, experimentation, and innovation can thrive and prosper. Furthermore, while GDP rises, GNP that is the gross national product, is reduced.
Lastly, it is imperative that greater efforts be made to distribute knowledge and opportunity more evenly throughout the country, particularly amongst rural areas, which are becoming increasingly disenfranchised from the urban centers and which provide enormous potential to expand exports and reduce migration. Entrepreneurialism is, without a doubt, a key facet of a growth economy. Nevertheless, it should not be imited to a small percentage of the urban populace with the personal connections and resources to innovate and explore.
The obstacles, which arise in economic development and education in Mexico require multifaceted responses, which target the root causes of the problems through quality, progressive, creative, and long-term responses.
International development, as Joseph Stiglitz emphasized in his recent book Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress, is inextricably linked to education and learning. It is natural, therefore…