CONNECTING THE DOTS: The way we educate children lies at the heart of every culture, economy, ecology – education both mirrors a society and reliably reproduces it into the future. Institutional schools as we know them today reflect and reproduce a world with vast extremes of wealth and poverty, a world with a devastating impact on natural ecosystems, a world in which community 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. We encourage you to watch the videos below and connect the dots for yourself: how can we re-imagine learning and culture in a way that supports individual creativity, cultural diversity, and communities that are both economically just and environmentally sustainable?
Iskay Yachay: Two Kinds of Knowledge
Andean parents and teachers discuss the ways in which modern schooling has brought negative changes to their relationships and their community, and what they are doing to take back their culture and self-respect. A project of PRATEC, the Proyecto Andino de Tecnologías Campesinas.
Mereana Taki: Maori views on learning
Indigenous educator Mereana Taki shares Maori views of learning, intelligence, and child development In this short video clip from the "Learning to Read the World Through Other Eyes" curriculum project. To access the curriculum free online or view other videos, please click here:
A Thousand Suns
This beautiful 28-minute film from The Global Oneness Project tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the worldview held by the people of the region. The film "explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond."
The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World
In this fascinating talk, psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist argues that Western culture has become strongly biased over the last 500 years toward the left-brain tendency to mechanical, abstract, narrowly focused thinking and has lost the necessary balance with the right-brain capacity for intuition, compassion, and a broadly focused, holistic understanding of a living world. In imposing our education system on other cultures, are we imposing our own loss of balance?
Bunker Roy: Learning from a barefoot movement
Barefoot College turns the school model on its head by teaching illiterate adult women and men useful hands-on skills like basic dentistry and medical care and how to build low-tech solar panels. What new learning structures could we create if we moved beyond the one-size-fits all model and really looked at the skills and knowledge that would enhance people's lives?
Edward Carr: Delivering Development
In this interview, Carr challenges current thinking about “development,” and tells how his research in Ghana led him to realize that, “My understanding of what poverty meant was garbage…. We are fundamentally misunderstanding what’s happening for most people living in rural areas in the developing world.”