earth in mind

“and for what destination and for what destiny do we educate our children? for all of the fashionable talk about multiculturalism, the fact is that modern education has contributed greatly to the destruction of local cultures virtually everywhere. locality has no standing in the modern curriculum. abstractions, generalized knowledge, and technology do. education has become a great homogenizing force undermining local knowledge, indigenous languages, and the self-confidence of placed people. it has become an adjunct to the commercial economy. it has hired itself out to the forces of growth and development, which as far as i can tell, is the effort to make the world safe for big capital. taken as a whole, education has lacked the courage to ask itself what kind of world its graduates will inherit and what kind of world they will be prepared to build.”

david orr earth in mind 2004