Does the way we teach and learn make sense in this climate and ecological emergency?
Of course, it does not. So let’s do something about it.
Together we will further build upon a collection of resources and coordinated strategies towards a non-violent direct education which addresses how we teach and learn in this emergency.
To work on getting a climate and ecological emergency declared in each of our educational institutions. Schools which have already been working on this have brought together practical advice and resources to help others build on their success. By declaring and recognising the emergency it brings into question what we teach and learn.
A series of disruptive programmes, in collaboration with other groups, to take place within educational institutions with the aim of asking, as loudly as possible: does the way we teach and learn make sense in a climate and ecological emergency?
This may include engagement in an alternative curriculum (openly refusing to follow the existing model), coordinated walk-outs from lessons and other forms of non-violent direct action.
Together we will develop, test and share resources for non-violent direct education to explore how we teach and learn, going forward. These aim to be relevant for all levels of education, for all subjects and to address the truth of Climate Breakdown, help students have a strong skill base to cope with the crises, and provide support for positive solution-based learning that can be applied on a local, national and International level.
XR Educators are exploring the connection between this existential crisis and our schools, colleges, universities, curricula, methods of assessment, communities, lifestyles, politics, economies and power structures. We need to re-imagine what education might look like if it were to play its vital role in a society that prioritises life and the inherent value of a living planet. Our schools, colleges and universities, although full of professionals who care passionately and want to be part of positive change, have become a function of the socio-economic system that is killing life on Earth.
Extinction Rebellion has started to change the political and public debate on the climate and ecological emergency. In parliament the emergency has at least been acknowledged. Responses have been discussed. What has become clear is that there is a vast gulf between what we, as a society, are starting to accept that we need to do, and what we are actually willing to do. The changes required are systemic: financial, psychological and cultural. How do we challenge the violence of the existing system, rife with competition, colonial thought, racism, inequality, destructive consumption and exploitation of natural resources?