Bedford Branch Seminar
This discussion paper centres on the idea that educational systems, particularly in ‘economically developed’ areas of the world pursue educational projects that are incompatible with criteria for the good life or meaningful lives. Whether we are concerned with the education of children, youth, further education, higher education or life-long learners, dominant structured educational systems do not appear to seek to enable human beings to live meaningful lives beyond that of the economic or performative, such as prevalence of pursuing ever-better results in league-tables and satisfaction surveys and the repositioning of higher education toward economic goals, no matter the cost. Learning outdoors and being outdoors can significantly improve an individual’s sense of well-being however, offering opportunities for active engagement in projects of meaning, a thesis developed by Susan Wolf, as well as opportunities to offer time, space and challenges that could later result in deep wonder - a significant issue for modern structured educational systems - as developed by Schinkel. Vignettes will also be used to reflect on my experiences of canoeing and fell-walking, as examples, in order to draw-out other key philosophical and educational ideas in exploring conditions for a life well-lived. This discussion welcomes thoughts and reflections from those engaged in all areas of education and those interested in education, whether indoors or out; whether scientific, artistic and/or humanistic.
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