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KevinMember26 June 2020 at 4:50 am
I enjoyed reading David Orr’s speech. His first myth about ignorance made me think about this TED talk https://www.ted.com/talks/stuart_firestein_the_pursuit_of_ignorance?language=en. I do feel that ignorance has negative connotations and actually, ignorance can instigate a desire to learn. I also question his belief that knowledge does not imply morality. (3rd myth). I think that there is an ethical component to knowledge (thinking about this from a TOK point of view)
I think traditional education (with its roots in the industrial revolution) was perhaps an instigator of unsustainability. I wonder if we have made progress since this speech in the 1990s. There is still a long way to go. The MDGs were a spectacular failure in many regards. But I believe there is a move to moving beyond the factory-like model of education. I may have a cognitive bias because of the schools that I have been working in. I take that point into consideration.