A critique and response to multicultural visions of globalization

Bharath Sriraman, Harry Adrian

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The paper by White in this issue of Interchange contains an interesting model for a global educational perspective based on the writings of Aurobindo and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. White proposes a foundation for this new perspective based on the synthesis of Aurobindo's and de Chardin's theories of global, social, and conscious evolution. In our response we critique the author's proposal from the perspective of the current challenges to social justice within the educational community. In particular the writings of Charles Darwin, Paolo Freire, Karl Marx, and Vivekananda (Aurobindo's peer) are examined to present evolutionary and philosophical viewpoints on the origins and causes of inequity. We contend that no global multicultural perspective on education is possible unless we first address the fundamental inequities present within the socio-economic and educational structures that characterize the world today. Thus any attempt to introduce a "global educational agenda" within an educational institutional structure is bound to be problematic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-130
Number of pages12
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008


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