CONNECTING THE DOTS: The way we educate children lies at the heart of our culture, our economy, our ecology – our schools both mirror our society and reliably reproduce it into the future. Schools as we know them today are generating a world with vast extremes of wealth and poverty, a world with a devastating impact on natural ecosystems, a world in which family breakdown and individual psychological distress are epidemic. Yet very few people question whether these same schools are the ideal vehicle for solving the problems that we face. Some of the videos below show us what we can learn from other cultures’ ways of learning about and understanding the world; others show us the ways our current school system is failing to support the creativity and diversity we will need to face the challenges of the 21st century. We encourage you to watch the videos together and connect the dots for yourself: how can we re-imagine learning and culture in a way that supports individual creativity, cultural diversity, economic justice, and a sustainable relationship to the environment?
Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh
Part 1 of Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page’s classic film about the impacts of development and globalization on the ancient sustainable culture of Ladakh. See the rest of the film on YouTube, or buy the DVD on our resources page.