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Skidmore College

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Spring 2008

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Switzerland: International Studies, Organizations, and Social Justice


Over the next 50 years, humans will make the choice as to whether or not they would like to mitigate or exacerbate global warming. Seeing as now is a crucial time in which to enact change, why is it that the issues inherent in sustainable development are not currently a compulsory part of primary and secondary school education within the developed Western world? If our children stand to inherit our environmental, social, and economic problems, it is our responsibility to supply them with the tools to survive through such adversity. This paper examines the history of the concept of sustainable development and its relation to education. It highlights why the majority of the countries that have the resources to implement formal education for sustainable development have been reluctant to do so. Finally, it emphasizes what is needed to implement sustainable development in formal education curricula in the near future.


Education | Natural Resources and Conservation


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