Íkala, Revista de Lenguaje y Cultura
Print version ISSN 0123-3432
USMA, Jaime. Globalization and Language and Education Reform in Colombia: A Critical Outlook. Íkala [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.22, pp. 19-42. ISSN 0123-3432.
This paper explores the connection between economic, political, and cultural globalization processes and recent education and language reforms in Colombia. Throughout the article, the author attempts to demonstrate that current education and language policies in Colombia are tightly connected to transnational agendas and models of reform that do not necessarily represent a real benefit for the majority of the population, but, instead, may render privileges for a few. With this analysis, the author insists on the need for an equitable plan for the improvement of language teaching and learning in Colombia in a way that considers local priorities of economic development, respects local knowledge and culture, and accounts for a systemic and fundamental improvement of the public system based on the dissimilar conditions that affect schools, teachers, and students in both the private and the public sectors in the country.
Keywords : globalization; education policies; language policy; National Program of Bilingualism.