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ERIC Number: ED308610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
A "Race" between Education and Disaster: Curriculum for the Survival of the Species.
Carson, Terrance R.
The world is in crisis, and the future survival of humankind is in question. Technology encourages communication in terms of speed and efficiency, and it is the task of educators to rediscover alternative languages. While the global crises of peace, the environment, the economy, and education are prominent, the opportunities are also great if understanding can be achieved of what these mean in terms of educating for a more peaceful future. For teachers it will mean enlarging perspectives from the national frame of reference to the global. This implies that teachers need to face up to the planetary crises without becoming overwhelmed; that the concept of security needs to be broadened to include economic and environmental, as well as national, security; and that the old habits of domination must be thrust aside to make room for a new emphasis on humanity. Modifications in curicula in response to the global crises include shifting from specialized to integrated knowledge and from passive to active learning; honoring narrative understanding; learning social responsibility; and cultivating agreements in everyday life. The realization that all humankind is together on this planet, with a shared future, must come: the future of the planet cannot be controlled by one voice imposing a solution. (KM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada