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Randall Curren and Ellen Metzger

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036009

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036009.001.0001

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An Education in Sustainability

An Education in Sustainability

(p.153) 6 An Education in Sustainability
Living Well Now and in the Future

Randall Curren

Ellen Metzger

The MIT Press

This chapter concludes the book by arguing that education should equip individuals and societies with understanding, capabilities, and virtues conducive to sustainability. It reviews the current state of sustainability instruction and related educational policy, answers criticisms of UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development(ESD), and goes on to argue that a sound education in sustainability (EiS) is essential to an adequate education. This is grounded in general accounts of justice, human well-being, and education. The first argument is that students are entitled to an education in sustainability that offers them substantial opportunities to live well in a context of increasing ecological and societal risk. A second argument is that the need for global cooperation to advance sustainability makes EiS desirable. The chapter concludes by proposing curricular integration with a focus on the dynamics of interacting systems, problem solving, critical and inventive thinking, and global civic education, all brought together in collaborative project work through which student learning can engage real problems.

Keywords:   UNDESD, education in sustainability, curricular integration, critical thinking, global civic education

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