From my perspective, there is a clear shared value between many Brexit supporters, many Trump supporters, and the dominant political coalition in Portland Public Schools (particularly as the Board reflects that political consensus). That shared value is a hostility to globalization and to the “elites” who have promoted it. Globalization is seen as a political and economic system that benefits others (the 1%, multinational corporations, and foreigners) and does not benefit individuals, their families, and their neighbors.
I disagree. I think the economic benefits of globalization are broadly shared now and could be even more broadly shared. Those benefits could be more broadly shared here in Oregon if we would make several simple, inexpensive adaptations to our education system (more dual language immersion programs, paid high school study abroad).
I do not think there is an alternative to globalization that offers the same levels of economic well-being, stability or peace. I fear the growing anti-globalization sentiments will make a poorer, more contentious, and more dangerous world.
British youth understand the future and are angry. From the Huffington Post article “EU Referendum Results: Young ‘Screwed By Older Generations’ As Polls Suggest 75% Backed Remain:”
An age breakdown of EU Referendum polling shows young voters overwhelmingly supported Remain while older people backed Brexit, leading to claims that baby boomers were “screwing the younger generations over yet again”.
75% of people aged 18-24 claimed they voted for Remain in the YouGov survey after voting closed, a figure that falls as age increases.
In comparison, just 39% of those aged 65 and over backed a vote to stay, causing commenters to say it was “infuriating” that “young people.. have a future without the EU and it’s one they don’t want”…..
What kind of a future do the youths of Portland want? Do they want to be bilinguals? Do they want to have spent a high school year abroad? How do they want to interact with the rest of the world?