Vision for the 21st Century:
trenchant critique of the ideology of material progress and the
pre-eminent symbols that fortify it: growth and development, globalization,
competition and consumption
by the University of Toronto Press in Canada, Zed Books for World distribution
and St. Martins Press in the United States. © 1999.
This book presents a far-reaching vision of the kind of educational system
that will be needed for the new millennium. It argues that the ecological
crisis faced by the planet demands a completely educational curriculum -
and sets it out in compelling and inspiring fashion.
'If ever the demanding words 'holistic' and 'global' were appropriate,
then they describe Ed O'Sullivan's beautifully written book.
What he envisages is a true globalisation - for humanity, and for
moves past the cliches of globalisation and consumer culture and draws
a graphic picture of a divided globe in ecological and social peril.
He then proposed a convincing critical and holistic education as an
essential strategy if we are to survive as a species."
of the most far reaching, compelling books on education and educational
reform that I have read in a decade. O'Sullivan offers a new
language and set of theoretical and political assumptions for understanding
and engaging some of the central issues of our time. I recommend this
book to everyone interested in reading a fresh, innovative, and wholly
imaginative work on what it means to face the educational challenges
of the next century."
Henry A. Giroux,
powerful ecological vision for education that we need to address as
we move into the next century' This book provides a way for
education to develop whole human beings in the context of a
sustainable planetary environment."
of The Holistic Curriculum
very powerful book on profoundly important concerns [which] should
be read by all those who are (or should be) interested in human and
planetary survival. Professor O'Sullivan writes with passion, urgency
and eloquence about the extraordinarily vital issues facing us as
a people and as a species. He speaks as a true prophet, combining
persuasive alarm with genuine hope, unflinching realism with deep
faith, and harsh criticism with healing love."
of The Moral and Spiritual Crisis in Education:
Curriculum for Justice and Compassion in Education
deeply felt and thrillingly insightful articulation of a cosmology
for educational sustainability that would radically transform the
broken market-forces-driven, but spiritually bankrupt, education of
the dying years of the 20th century, is absolutely essential reading
for education. Should its powerful message be taken to heart and acted
upon by teachers, students, communities and those who control educational
systems, we will have gone a long way to restoring our right relationship
with this planet."
of Global Teacher/Global Learner and Reconnections:
National to Global Curriculum
O'Sullivan provides a sweeping, provocative challenge to all citizens
and educators. He wants us radically to revise the role of education
in building a sustaining future. This book, taken to heart,
will shift critical adult education theory in exciting new directions.
Michael R. Welton,
of In the Defense of the Life World:
Perspectives on Adult Learning
work allows readers to undertake a deep intellectual and practical
reflection on education for change as we move into the next century....
As an anti-racist educator, I find O'Sullivan reading of race, difference
and power very useful."
of "Anti-Racist Education:
ambitious and imaginative book addresses the reform of education in
new terms. Where most contemporary 'reforms' are really about how
to make education cheaper, O'Sullivan focusses on how to make it more
relevant - to the tremendous problems of global society and personal
change in the new millenium. In an argument ranging from social justice
to deep ecology, he calls us to the task of rethinking both educational
methods and purposes on a scale rarely attempted before."
R. W. Connell,
of Making the Difference
O'Sullivan presents, shares and articulates from a heart-formed
mind. His book is destined to travel far, wrenching mind-sets, inducing
healing, uplifting and transforming the consciousness of humans."
Healer and former Director, Native Studies Programme,
this visionary book Edmund O'Sullivan poses a major challenge to educators
today to acknowledge and support in their work the boundless beauty
and creativity of the planet and our place in it......He makes a powerful
and convincing case that what we need above all today is not the global
market, but a generative planetary consciousness and commitment which
values difference, subjectivity and community at its core. This
is a message for our times. Edmund O'Sullivan's book is not
only a major resource for those of us already engaged in this project,
it will inspire those who are not, to redefine their world and reconsider
their role as educators."
Miles, author, Integrative Feminisms:
Global Visions, and co-founder, Woman for a Just and Healthy Planet
O'Sullivan offers insightful teachings on the evolution of humanity,
revealing moral and spiritual atrophies resulting from the current
dominant development model. He exposes clearly the intricacies of
power and its negative effects on society, such as systemic
racism and economic globalization. He also makes a lucid and intelligent
analysis of alternative development models, highlighting the Indigenous
peoples' contribution to the world that includes respect for the natural
world, named "Mother Earth," and their spirituality. This
book will serve as an inspirational and invaluable source of knowledge
that calls for a collective awakening to our autodestruction and brings
optimism and hopes for our future (seventh) generation."
from Peru and Consultant for The World Bank in Indigenous
this eye-opening book, O'Sullivan presents a new conception of planetary
consciousness relevant to education and oriented to community and
the natural world.... When the Chinese edition comes out, it will
exercise a powerful influence on Chinese educational development."
Academy of Social Sciences
book has a scope and depth which makes it of value far beyond the
confines of educationalists. It is a truly integrative study which
challenges us to relocate the roots of many of the critical issues
facing humanity today within a crucially important and newly articulated
The Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland
O'Sullivan transcends a provincial 'northern' perspective and creates
a vision of universal application. His book provides a welcome framework
for creating bridges in North/South dialogue in relation to how we
can truly cooperate in educational transformation."
of Costa Rica and the United Nations University for Peace
of the current educational wilderness of contradiction, paradox, ambiguity
and uncertainty comes the voice of O'Sullivan who seeks to enhance
educational discourse with a bold cosmological and transformative
vision that is timely and apposite for our collective and individual
futures. His bold imaginings are potentially the generative principles
of educational reforms for the next millennium. Against the destructive
reality of what O'Sullivan labels the biocide of competitive industrial
globalisation, he proffers a rich and imaginative alternative vision
for education. The hallmarks of this vision include - ecological awareness
rooted in diverse communities and finding expression in individual
psyche and civic, spiritual and cultural in a variety of forms. To
ignore O'Sullivan's prophetic voice is to collude in our mutual destruction."
of Curriculum, St.Patricks, Dublin
book is an invaluable 'companion' for researchers and practitioners
in education. O'Sullivan demonstrates his deep commitment to
global peace and justice. He challenges the reader to search
for a spiritual reunion with 'mother-earth' and the cosmological world.
His book brings an integrated approach to social transformation
and educational reform".
Caritas Makeni,Sierra Leone
O'Sullivan's new book is a profound critique of much of presentday
education, and a vision of transformative education based on the sense
of a persons-in-community in a more-than-human world. He combines
passionate commitments to both social and ecological justice. As a
long-term professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
and a colleague of Thomas Berry, he brings wisdom to the daunting
tasks of the 21st century."
for Ecology and Spirituality,
and coeditor of Thomas Berry and the New Cosmology
is a text of rare discernment in a time of turbulent change. O'Sullivan's
energy for contributing to a vision for the future is everywhere evident.
But so is his deep feeling for the sufferings that inevitably follow
in this period of the "terminal cenozoic". It is this admirable
grasp of complexity that makes him both a sure guide to the thought
of Thomas Berry and an innovative educator. He carefully refines his
concept of "integral development", giving it an excitement
sure to inspire those who will accept the task of transformation argued
for by the author. In the urgency of our "one-time-only"
planetary situation, O'Sullivan's leadership is timely and persuasive."
Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology, Toronto, Canada
sweeping analysis of transformative learning on a planetary scale.
This book captures the dilemmas, struggles and potential for new educational
of The New Meaning of Educational Change and Change Forces
Contents of the Book
by Thomas Berry
The Dream Drives the Action.
Education in a Period of Historical Decline. Finding our Place
in History at the Millennial Turning - Postmodern Education - The
Educational Praxis for the Survival Mode - Tragedy is not our business
Education and the Dilemmas of Modernism: Toward an Ecozoic Vision.
The Need to Choose between Visions - The Cosmological Context
- Assessing the Forces: The Cenezoic-Ecozoic Tension - Progressive-Technozoic
Vision - Conservative Vision - Transformative-Ecozoic Vision
Modernism: The Eclipse of Cosmology and the Loss of the View of the
Whole Pre-modern Cosmologies - Modern Cosmological Systems -Historical
and Evolutionary Perspectives - Educational Vision: The re-enchantment
of the Natural World
Ringing in our Ears and Invading our Souls: A Reflecion on the Dream
Structure of our Western Cultural Mantras Progress -Growth and Development
- Globalization - Competition -Consumerism - Critical Resistance Education
in the contexts of Privilege and Marginality
Dimensions of Power: Education for Peace, Social Justice and Diversity
Location of Privilege - Ecology, War, Patriarchy and the Institutionalization
of Violence - Violence within the Cultural
Context of the Human - Patriarchy and the Ecology of Men's Violence
- Racism - Class - The Integral Webbing of Gender, Race and Class
- Education, Equity and Difference -Education and Class in the context
of Globalization - Peace Education: Dealing with conflict and violence
The Planetary Context of Creativity: Educational Vision in a Cosmological
Context Planetary Consciousness: The Necessity of a Cosmological Context
- The Universe Story - Principles - E ducational Vision in a Planetary
Education for Integral Development Integral Development and Creativity
- Integral Development and the Self-regulating Dynamics of the Earth
System - Human Emergence and Integral Development - Integral Human
Development - The Primal Matrix: The Personal World as a Relational
Totality - Trauma and Violation: The Disruption of the Primal
Matrix - Educating for a Planetary Consciousness: Developing an Ecological
Self - The Council of All Beings: An Educational Ritual Fostering
Quality of Life Education: Transformative Ecozoic Vision Human Needs:
A Generative Natural Law Conception - Humanscale Development - Education
for Community and a Sense of Place - Education for Communities of
Diversity -Education and the Need for Civic Culture - Education and
Kindling the Fires of the Soul: Educating the Human Spirit in Our
Time Diversities of Spiritual Expression - Awe and Mystery -Eros -
Sanctuary and Silence - Celebration
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