“The worth of education must now be measured against the standards of decency and human survival-the issues now looming so large before us in the twenty-first century. It is not education, but education of a certain kind, that will save us.” - David W. Orr
The Little Book of Education ask whether the values that we have been promoting to children through our education systems have been serving their long-term wellbeing and potential, within the context of a sustainable world. It calls for a global re-think about the role of education and for leaders in all disciplines to focus their activities towards:
1. The optimisation of potential
2. A celebration of diversity
3. Protecting the natural joy of learning
4. Ensuring the balanced cultivation of the whole child
5. Eco-literacy: promoting the values and behaviours needed for a healthy, peaceful and sustainable world
Outside of families and communities, education systems are the key influencers in how we learn to think about ourselves, others and the natural world. They inform us about what our cultures most value and significantly shape our subsequent motivations and behaviours. They profoundly shape our sense of personal agency, worth and wellbeing and either promote or inhibit what we feel is possible in terms of personal aspiration.