EDUCATION

Most of our worldviews are created and shaped during our formative years of childhood and adolescence - the majority of which is spent in school. Transforming national educational systems is a key platform for systemic change. Below are some resources created by people doing just that.

 

Games, Activities

Endlich Wachstum have created an impressive amount of educational resources looking at economic growth, what it is, how it affects us, how it affects the environment, and what alternatives exist beyond growth. They have developed interactive games designed for small to medium groups with one or two facilitators. All materials are provided.

Teacher Training

The Kreisau-Initiative brings a host of trainings for teachers and non-formal multipliers aimed at promoting the concept of “transformative education”. "By introducing a critical-emancipatory perspective, we wish to multiply methods that allow for a deconstruction of “mental infrastructures” such as the growth paradigm." Based in Germany-Poland, trainings run in Polish, German and English.

Research by Silja Graupe

Modern textbook economics has created a true monoculture of thought. Worldwide, it alone introduces the neoclassicism without even mentioning possible alternatives. At the same time, it consistently refrains from teaching economic thinking itself: no history of theory, hardly any methodology, no introduction to alternative perspectives. I consider this kind of economic education to be short-sighted and irresponsible. Consequently, I have criticized it in many ways in my publications as well as in my lectures, and I point out alternatives.

Readings available in english:
"The Power of Ideas. The Teaching of Economics and its Image of Man" (2012)
"“The market deals out profits and losses” – How Standard Economic Textbooks Promote Uncritical Thinking in Metaphors" (2019)

ECONOMIC GROWTH, BIOPHYSICAL LIMITS AND SUSTAINABILITY IN ECONOMICS TEXTBOOKS SINCE 1948

Chapter by Tom L. Green, Handbook on Growth and Sustainability, 2017

An historical investigation of economic textbooks and how they treat economic growth and the environment from the 1940s (when growth was quasi inexistent as a concept let alone as an object of policy) to the present day.

Article by Susie Steed, 2020

A brilliant questioning of current mainstream economics curricula, repleat with recources for incorporating other  perspectives in order to shape a new curricula that reframes the history of modern capitalism.

Article by Tom L. Green, 2017

A 60-year history of how economics has been taught to undergraduates, focusing specifically on Paul Samuelson’s Economics textbook. What was thought to be essential for students to learn about economics and how has this evolved (or not) with time?

Article by Simon Choat, 2020

Recent calls to ‘decolonise the curriculum’ are especially pertinent to the teaching of political theory, which has traditionally been dominated by a canon made up overwhelmingly of White (and male) thinkers. This article explores why and how political theory curricula might be decolonised.

 

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