Cosmopolitan Education : Attainable Or Simply Unrealistic Essay

1937 Words Nov 4th, 2014 8 Pages
Cosmopolitan Education: Attainable or simply unrealistic Did you realize that the currency of Indonesia is known as the Rupiah? If not, then perhaps the idea of learning about other countries and cultures is for you. Martha Nussbaum argues in her article Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism that the population should be educated in all things, not just things that happen on American soil. Nussbaum believes in the importance of knowing and understanding other cultures in order truly understand one’s own. Like Diogenes, Nussbaum seems to follow the mantra “I am a citizen of the world” (668). The idea of not just being a part of a certain country, but instead being a part of a larger scheme is a positive and very much so philosophical view. However, how much effort is to be done to achieve such a goal like educating others in the daily lives of other countries? Cynthia Scott addresses the counterarguments of a Cosmopolitan Education in Education and Cosmopolitanism. Scott’s argument boils down to two things that are always guaranteed as a road block, time and money. Scott questions how far such an education would go, new textbooks, new schedules, new teacher trainings, it seems to never end. Scott states in her text, “It would require a change in the textbooks which are taught in class, as well as a change in the subjects discussed” (675) this is something a majority of schools simply cannot afford. Education is something all children as well as adults should receive, however…

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