How Global Warming can save eduction (and everything else) by meeks
February 16, 2009, 5:17 pm
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Education perhaps more than any other academic field is notorious for pushing a revolving door of buzzwords and trends. I can remember zoning in and out of many a dinners as my parents discussed (always with a healthy dose of skepticism) the latest wave of buzzwords, acronyms, ideas, crashing into prominence. My derision for trends in educations is not grounded in inertia to change (O-BAMA!), but in the overwhelming power with which these trends consume the field: Ideas are assessed based on their ability to shine when viewed through the single lens of the latest trend. I would provide examples, but again, I was zoning in and out just absorbing the jist of the conversations. All this back talk is leading up to the significance of

Sir Ken Robinson explaining the problems in educations – not encouraging creativity and dynamic learning – by referencing Al Gore, Rachael Carson, and the green revolution (18:00):Vodpod videos no longer available.

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“Al Gore spoke the other night about ecology and the revolution that was  triggered by Rachael Carson. I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology one in which we start to reconstitute our connection to the richness human capacity. Our education system has mined our minds in the way we have strip-mined the earth for a particular commodity. And for the future it won’t service. We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we are educating our children.”

The green meme Robinson is using above seeping into the field of education indicates to me that it has  been legitimized by the general public, and is metastasizing beyond global warming. The fact that Robinson is able to invoke one systemic and longterm problem (global warming) easily to explain a similar longterm systemic problem is a novel luxary and one that should not be taken lightly. My hope is that if most people are able to grasp one complex problem holistically, they will be more inclined to perceive similar problems  in a similar manner. The  mature form of the green revolution I believe today goes by the name of the sustainability – a term encompassing the spirit of the green revolution but open to any and all applications. Ironically enough, the most enduring successes of the global warming struggle might not have anything to do with global warming.


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