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What happens to education when the idea of a possible future is brought into question? These questions are raised across a number of social arenas, from the projection of the end of the world scenarios brought to the fore by rapidly increasing climate changes, and also by the authoritarian pictures given to us by populist movements, which paint a dystopian future beyond democracy. In this paper, I explore the relation between education and the ‘future’ in light of these challenges and argue for a renewed sense of the public in democratic education.
Carl Anders Säfström is Professor of Educational Research at Social Science Institute Maynooth University and Director of the newly established Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy. He is a former President of Nordic Education Research Association (NERA). Professor Säfström publishes extensively within the fields of: philosophy of education, educational theory and policy, didactics; as well as on teacher education; and lately also on education for sustainability. He is currently working on a book for Routledge on The Pedagogy of Equality and the Democratic Citizen in a Time of Unrest; Critique and Strategies for the Future.