How to Change a Nation’s Culture Using Education

It is possible to change a nation’s culture using education. When we talk of a nation’s culture, we are simply referring to the nation’s ‘way of life’. Culture, in its simplest definition, is ‘the way of life’. And a nation’s way of life can definitely be changed. Education can be helpful in that process, of trying to change a nation’s way of life. Education is actually one of the most potent tools you can use, when seeking to change a nation’s culture. The question that comes up instantly is as to how exactly education can be used to change a nation’s culture. And in answering that question, we come to learn that there are certain specific steps you need to follow. Those are the steps you need to follow when seeking to change a nation’s culture using education.

You need to start by identifying the specific ways in which you wish to change a nation’s culture. So this is an analytical stage. Here, you look at the current way of life (that is, the current culture), and try to figure out how it can be improved upon. The process here is more or less similar to what you would go through in the course of double your line application — where you start by analyzing the current state of your finances, before figuring out whether you can afford to take up another credit card. Similarly, before trying to change a nation’s culture using education, you have to start by taking a critical look at the nation’s present culture – and trying to figure out how it can be improved upon. You may, for instance, be in search of a more cohesive national culture, a less corrupt national culture, a more hardworking national culture… and so on. So you identify the specific changes you’d wish to see.

You then need to figure out a way in which you can change the nation’s education system, in order to bring about the desired cultural change. It may be a scenario where you just introduce certain subjects/topics into the school curriculum, in order to have the kids introduced to the new national culture. Or it may be a situation where you just have to change the entire educational system, to accommodate the desired cultural changes.

Subsequently, you need to effect the necessary changes in the education system, so as to achieve the desired cultural change. So at this stage, you implement the necessary changes in the educational system consistently — in order to see the desired cultural changes in a few years or decades.

Helping Immigrants to Adjust to a New Culture

One of the main challenges that immigrants face is that of adjusting to new cultures. A culture is simply defined as ‘a way of life’. People in different parts of the world tend to have different ways of life. Therefore, if a person moves from one region of the world to another, he is bound to encounter a different way of life. That can cause major challenges. Yet if an immigrant is to be successful in his new home, he has to adjust to the culture. That would be the first step towards integration. For ultimately, it is only through full integration that immigrants can become (fully) useful members of their new societies.

If immigrants are not helped to adjust to their new cultures, many things can go wrong. Left on their own, they may end up being totally unable to integrate into the new societies. They would therefore have to operate from the sidelines, from the shadows if you like. That may subsequently consign them to poverty.  And the poverty may take a multi-generational character: when the children of the immigrants are similarly unable to integrate into the societies. These trends have been observed in France, with North African immigrants who are totally unable to integrate (though lately, the necessary interventions are being made).

Helping immigrants to adjust to the new cultures is not easy. Sometimes, once is tempted to simply let things take their course. Sometimes, one is tempted to avoid this unpleasant task. But as we have already observed, the effects of failing to help immigrants to adjust to new cultures can be too negative. So, it is best to simply bite the bullet, and take the trouble to help the immigrants to adjust to the new culture.

The actual process of helping the immigrants to adjust to the new cultures is quite straightforward, when you come to think of it. Initially, it entails helping the immigrants to  deal with the culture shock. Then, after that, there is the aspect of teaching the immigrants about the rules of the new culture. Here, it helps if you know the rules of the cultures the immigrants are coming from. You’d then have an easier time, building on what the immigrants already know, to teach them new concepts about the new culture.