Mohammed Almorae






November5, 2014

Learningin a globalized century seems to take a different perspective ascompared to the previous periods in time. This is because there havebeen numerous changes in the society that have enhanced humaninteraction. Education engulfs a major problem of stagnation and notresponding to change. This paper aims to discuss some of theapproaches observed in the present education and how they impact itschange. The essay analyzes this problem in regard to perspectivesdrawn from important figures in the society who have postulated theirposition on the current stalemate of education system. The paper goesfurther to describe some of the education transformations exhibitedin the 21stcentury and their impacts in learning. According to Tufte, PowerPointhas become a major tool in crafting presentations that would haveotherwise been difficult in the 20thcentury. Tufte further points that the emergence of such tools stemsout the importance of change in the society and the way people acceptthe change.

Reevesa college professor believes that it is time for the learning processto take a different dimension other than the old technique ofacquiring degrees and certificates. Reeve goes further to depict thatchange is inevitable and it is time for parents to take a moreassociative approach when dealing with their children. This isbecause learning in the 21stcentury is more of what students are able to learn and utilizeeffectively than the degree itself. This is almost the same preceptaddressed by Theodore Sizer. Sizer asserts that it is very importantfor learners to spend their time with the teachers, parents and othertrainers. This is because the association creates a strong bond whichenhances learning.

Learningin a globalized context can be challenging to foreign students ifthey do not engage with other students. However, foreign studentsengaging with other students often times fail even to realize anycultural differences that may arise between them. This is becauseethnicity, race, culture or social differences are easilyover-shadowed by the friendly association between the students. Hencelearning in a globalized scenario often times is important if thereis a warm association and engagement between the parties involved.

Manylearning institutions have not transformed their learning schedulesin accordance with the transformative theory of learning thatemphasizes on the need of skewing activities to match the 21stcentury perspective. Reeves notes that learning in the 21stcentury is not adjusted to its right purpose he goes further topoint out that most learning institutions have turned theirattentions to commercialization which has in turn hampered thequality of education in such institutions. In such cases students aregiven qualification papers that actually do not meet their personalcriteria. Sizer offers a solution to that juncture by depicting thatthe best learning model that ought to be adopted by both parents andthe tutors is that of associative learning. By doing an associativelearning framework students are able to gain skills that will becrucial in their daily activities as compared to being rewardedqualification papers that actually do not match their capacity.

21stcentury can be termed as bad period to some people in the societythis is because unlike the 20thcentury numerous activities have undergone transformation. This meansthat a number of things have changed in the present society. However,it is important to note that change is inevitable and ought to beembraced in the most effective manner. The society needs to adopt anapproach that will prove beneficial both in the short run and longrun periods. Stagnating on the old approaches should not be the wayto go in the present society this is because a number of errors anduncalled for events may occur that may never be resolved. In spite ofthe negative attributions connected to the transformations, it isimportant to note the advantages of the transformations outweigh thedisadvantages.

JenniferLee discusses some of the negative effects that have engulfed theeducation sector due to the prevalence of the internet. She goesfurther to give examples on how most of the students in classroomstry to amalgamate what they use on social media in grammaticalsentences. This is one of the specific illustrations the technologyhas drawn about some negative attributions to education in thecountry. It is on the same point that Edward Tufte literates when heconnotes that PowerPoint is evil. He points his claims to the factthat PowerPoint has stolen the abilities of expression and analysisthat most people had before its introduction. He goes further topoint out that it denies young people a chance to know how to expresstheir opinions without any visual assistance.

JackMezirow a Professor at Columbia University depicts that learning is acontinuous process that does not stop at any given time learning isalso not discriminative and choosy. Hooks depicts that learning canbe undertaken by both female and male individuals in the societywithout any barriers if only the right perception is attained.However, this is not the case, Hooks says that female individuals insome societies are hindered from accessing education. This is aninstance of discrimination in the society that ought to be ironedout. Hooks goes further to literate on the work of Reeves whopostulated that the best learning process is that of associative andnot sticking to the old approaches in the sector. Hooks suggests thatprofessors and tutors ought to embrace their students with a bid tounderstand them better, by so doing they will be able to customizetheir learning procedures to suit their specific needs rather thansticking to the unproductive old methods.

Learningis one of the significant avenues that give voice to students in thesociety. It is through learning how to express oneself that anindividual is able to communicate effectively to a big crowd orcommunity members. In his article Barry tries to ponder on the bestpractices that would boost these skills in students. One of theapproaches he suggests is that of composition writing exercise andconstant review of the abilities of the learners. This cannot bepossible if teachers do not embrace a transformational form orlearning as depicted by Reeves. The main reason for an associativelearning framework is that specific problems would be easilyidentified during the learning process. Learning in the society hastaken a paradigm shift that is correlated towards bringing adifferent approach in the way things are done. It is no longer amatter of completion of syllabus coverage rather it is more of acustomized approach that is intended to cover varying abilities ofthe learners.

Allthe writers tend to agree to the same concept about education in the21stcentury. One of the most predominant things addressed in the articlesis the effects of technology in education curriculum. Technology hasbeen termed to play both positive and negative aspects depending onits utilization scope. The learning approach is also depicted in thearticles whereby Reeves and Mezirow point out that education has noboundaries and it can be done across all races, gender and religionregardless of the kind of differences that exists between the people.In conclusion it is imperative to state that learning is a frameworkthat encompasses a number of aspects learning takes into account thestudents, professors or tutors and the facilities that are used inlearning. Close association between all these aspects is critical inattaining an efficient and effective learning experience. Learning inthe 21stcentury relies more on a customized approach than that of the 20thcentury, this has enabled significant improvements to be undertakenin the sector that include education without discrimination.