Do We Know What We Are Doing? Reflections on Learning, by Rolf Jucker

By Rolf Jucker

The discourse of schooling for sustainability has been seriously restricted by way of the truth that it mostly refuses to recognize vital insights from different fields of studying and information. This reluctance to interact with principal insights relating to how the realm and, extra in particular, how human interactions with either the human and non-human international paintings, guarantees that it has remained a mostly self-centred discourse. it truly is twisted up with reflections on schooling with out contextualising them within the actual international. As such, it's not simply schooling typically, but additionally so-called schooling for sustainable improvement (ESD), that should practice an intensive paradigm shift and turn into communal studying in real-time in a true position. This, consequently, necessitates a willingness to stand a few difficult questions relating to its triumphing insularity.

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Sale 1980: 39; emphasis in the original) 30 Chapter Six EQUALITY: Do we not need to make the rich a lot poorer (to narrow the gap between rich and poor) if equal societies are a lot healthier, safer, more just and trusting? In their thoroughly researched book Spirit Level Wilkinson & Pickett show that equal societies consistently score significantly better than unequal ones. ” (Wilkinson & Pickett 2010: 18–19) The conclusions from their book are as follows: any society would be well advised to reduce inequalities in wealth as much as possible: “The evidence shows that reducing inequality is the best way of improving the quality of the social environment, and so the real quality of life, for all of us.

Or, more fundamentally, we should question our life with technology: “Do we live deliberately? : 275) EARTH [KNOWLEDGE]: Why do we still (or increasingly) cling to the “opium for the masses” (religion and irrational beliefs of all sorts) when scientific understanding of how the world works, and came into being, clearly allows us to live without those crutches born out of fear? If we want to understand the world around us and how we ourselves and our human relationships work, the most important tool is what I below refer to as a scientific mindset.

Only out of these limits, and the impossibility of growth,1 arises the problem of unsustainable transgression of limits, and only due to the limits do we have social justice problems. If there is only so much to go round, and you cannot go on giving everybody always more, the question of equity and equitable access to resources becomes central. This means that “only those models of prosperity will be capable of producing justice which do not overstretch the biosphere. There will be no justice in the 21st century without ____________ 1 “There always will be limits to growth.

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