If you are in Oslo on 2oth and 21st of May 2011, do not miss the lectures by Dr Richard Kahn about Education and Environmental Challenges. He will join us at UiO Sophus Bugges hus on 20th at 12-13 and 21st of May at the Idea Festival of Climate Change at Helga Engs hus at 15.15-16.
His firs talk will be “How Should Global Climate Change Change the Climate of Our Conversation in Education? ” He will emphasize that life on earth increasingly unfolds as a form of planetary ecocrisis — specifically through complex, but interrelated, threats such as global warming, species mass extinction, and nuclear terror.
In response, education has developed three primary strategies: 1) A technological ecomodernist and lifestyle consumerist problem-solving strategy consonant with a privatized, capitalist economy and Education for Sustainable Development; 2) A critical and emancipatory strategy of problem-posing popular education that seeks to challenge the current economic hegemony, especially in its form of neoliberal ideology at work in both corporate and state discourse, as an unsustainable social force that both generates and aggravates ecocrisis such as global warming; and 3) A commons-oriented strategy, such as represented by transition towns and ecovillages, in which the macro-problems of the private and public spheres are in effect abandoned in order to manifest an alternative formof human-scaled, place-based, subsistence-styled community. While it is likely the case that all three strategies are now necessary, there are dangerous reasons to fear that the growing global privatization and militarization of higher education increasingly blocks forms of education that might seriously challenge dominant forms of social power. Les resten av dette innlegget →