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In the shadow of progress, globalization takes root in public education. At first it is difficult to detect because discussions of globalization tend to concentrate on everything but local public institutions: labor outsourcing, international trade agreements, foreign relations, telecommunications networks, individual mobility, immigration concerns, cultural homogenization, antiglobalization protests, and, more recently, terrorism. Public education may not seem like an obvious site for inquiry into the development and implications of globalization, but as perhaps the primary location for social reproduction, values cultivation, and identity construction, it is surprising that research on globalization and education is so scarce.