Essay on Culture And Its Effects On Society

1037 Words Dec 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Culture implies a variety of things. It encompasses complex systems of thought and belief across a group. It provides structure to the morality and behavior of a community-not only directing their actions, but providing context as to why they act that way. Naturally, the culture one grows up in helps build their identity, as does the language they speak, the social class they belong to, and the country that breeds them. How atrocious, then, is the act of transforming one’s indigenous culture into something flashier, yet manufactured and alien? How ruthless is the practice of taking away everything someone knows and replacing it with an overpoweringly foreign system? Not so much, as it turns out, for it is an almost inevitable consequence of these times. With globalization, Western ways spread far and wide, and with them comes the ugly institution of ‘cultural hegemony’, wherein indigenous cultures are manipulated into sacrificing their thoughts and their tongues in favor of more attractive and “progressive” Western alternatives. A major reason for this is teaching students in English instead of in their native language, which results in them distancing themselves from their own language and culture.
In most countries, educating one’s children in an English-medium school is becoming an increasingly common practice. In 1990, 31,844,979 English speakers resided in non-native English speaking countries, and that number has risen to 46,951,595 in only ten years (Shin 4). The…

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