The second macro goal is economic sustainability and is closely related to the
first. The macro goal of economic sustainability is designed to help provide the student
with the means to obtain or create a job/career with a view to becoming financially self-
sufficient. This goal is somewhat related to what Biesta (2010) refers to as qualification,
although he understands this more broadly than what I am referring to. Economic
sustainability would entail learning a trade, skill, or knowledge base that is designed to
either provide a job or career, or perhaps more likely in K-12 education, move one down
the path of finding a job or career. Perry and Wallace (2012) highlight that the lack of a
national, comprehensive emphasis by K-12 and college educators to connect education to
quality paying jobs and careers puts U.S students at a significant disadvantage to deal
with the complex challenges of a global economy. Economic sustainability should be a
critical goal of our educational system.
Cultural Excellence
The third macro goal of education is cultural excellence. This goal is designed to
ensure a robust understanding of U.S society and culture, including history, geography,
politics, public policy, and civics. It would prioritize the arts and celebrate the history
and culture of the various ethnic groups residing in the U.S. Biesta (2010) refers to
socialization as a function of education. There would be some element of this in the
cultural excellence goal but there would be considerable effort to promote socialization
that empowers, promotes, and respects the well-being of all people in society and to shun
socialization that merely compels people to conform to the wishes and whims of the
dominant, hegemonic strata.
Global Literacy
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