Contemporary education regards overconsumption as a normal way of living. A citizen whose main intention is to become ever more productive is regarded as a model for daily education. How can we as educators deconstruct this vicious circle?
Our basic concept of the relationship between humans and nature must be re-thought in order to save life on Earth. We also need to re-think educational paradigms and aims to ensure worthwhile living conditions for future generations. What kind of people are we educating, for what kind of world? What beliefs and moral commitments do we have?
Veli-Matti Värri studies the theoretical background of education, which is dominated by excessive hedonistic desire and over-consumption as guiding forces. This philosophical book has been written for educators, teachers, and educational researchers. As a cultural critical analysis, it is also an ethical statement of the author’s worldview.