Outcomes for 21st Century Education and how it fosters evolutionary theory thinking in students in the name of sustainable development (Education for Sustainable development - also in your and my country)

Systemic thinking says that the earth is a living system and we together with all living organisms are constantly evolving in this system, forming patterns and processes.  That is why we, the living systems need to develop character, citizenship, collaboration, etc to become effective in this worldview or what they call the new science.


Character

·      Self regulation
·      Emotional intelligence
·      Eco and not ego centered
·      Perspective: Systemic;  Ecological
·      Always evolving for personal mastery
·      Work to integrate the whole – no fragmentation in life, make constant interconnections

Citizenship
·      in complex society
·      Upholds the principles for ethics and values of the Earth Charter - Education for Sustainable Development
·      Global citizenship
·      Citizen of the living organism together with all other species including the human species
·      Constant civic engagement through problem solving: strengthenes the networks

Collaboration
·      Neigbourly – never functions on it’s own, part of the network
·      Human capital builds social capital – the organism is part of the living system, the individual is a node on the social network
·      Interaction between individuals generates a sense of community spirit
·      Networks share values and ethics which facilitates collaboration within and with other groups (bridging and linking social capital)
·      Ego stands in way of collaboration, this situation resists to become one with the living system
·      Sense of the self belonging to the greater Self


Communication
·      On a peer to peer level
·      Dialogue – tension created by diversity is essential to the dialectic process.  It energizes members to ultimately produce synergy- a balance between the synthesis and antithesis to reach consensus
·      Dialogue over a social issue
·      Led by a change leader such as a teacher
·      Towards a pre-planned outcome
·      Never reaches a final consensus for continual change is an ongoing process.
·      Keep crisises or problems going to create continuous movement
·      To spark creativity and innovation – change leader always has to set the stage for conflict and compromise during each class
·      Work towards the common good


Creativity
·      To expand towards networked community
·      Discover new cooperative adaptions to adapt to solve problems
·      Adapt cooperation as conditions in environment change
·      Leaders create learning to hold balance between stability and change to crate continuous change without imposing change on anyone
·      Culture continually recreated in each communication
·      Creative and innovative to produce new goods and new services to benefit the whole community
·      Create conditions for change to happen

Critical Thinking
·      Engage with various beliefs and ideas to become able to open mind, heart and will to new ideas
·      See patterns and connections
·      Act from inner self
·      Self-reflective thinking – reflect, question and testing own thinking processes – observe the problem from a distance and expose the self to something different
·      Identify, construct and solve problems
·      Use emotional intelligence to solve problems (problem does not lie with you, lies within me)
·      On assumptions, ideas, biases, point of view, context, implications

·      Goal to apply criteria to form a conclusion what the self has been thinking Of main importance is the ethics that underscore these principles.

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