“Schooling the World: The White Man’s Last Burden”. Education as the ultimate act of Western colonialism, destroying cultural diversity and spreading human monoculture—in its own image—around the globe. Interviews with Wade Davis, Vandana Shiva, Helena Norberg-Hodge, et alia. Schooling the World website. Trailer below.
Most environmental education in our schools and Universities remains rooted in apparently value-free ‘scientific’ knowledge. However modern science has been powerfully instrumental in shaping our minds to accept the worldview of industrialism, and the replacement of the living biosphere with the dysfunctional artificial ‘technosphere’ that is the inevitable if unplanned product of industrialism. Unpublished, 1985, [...]
This essay explores the paradox that the more we are educated, the more literacy has declined, while traditional knowledge essential for the transmission of culture to new generations is lost. Mass education, Edward Goldsmith argues, is doomed to fail in its essential task of socialising increasingly alienated younger generations. First published in The Ecologist, January [...]