What may we hope for? Education in times of climate change
"In “The Crisis in Education,” published in 1954, Hannah Arendt suggests that adults who refuse to take responsibilityfor the world should not be allowed to educate children or to havechildren of their own. Her text describes the “generalcrisis,” which, according to Arendt, “has overtaken the modern world everywhere and in almost every sphere of life,”including education (Arendt, 2006, p. 170). Written for another time and with different problems in mind, her wordswere not meant to describe our present situation. Indeed, in light of the evolving ecological crises where the very con-ditions for life on earth are in peril (Masson-Delmotte et al., 2018; Steffen et al., 2015), Arendt’s use of the term crisisseems quite overblown. Nevertheless, her warning can help us to explore some of the important dilemmas that faceeducators of today, in a time where a range of unfolding, interlocking crises (ecological, social, and political) are on thehorizon."
Ingerid S. Straume, University of Oslo Library, Oslo, Norway