A few months ago I read an article, it was an interview with a French philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin, and I saw myself in his ideas. We always hear “more investment in education is needed “, but little do we hear about a reformulation on the Teaching Training Courses/Degree.  Bearing in mind that most of the future, Brazilians and the world’s professionals, will spend many hours of their days with teachers, let’s give a little thought about how important are these professionals in our society?

Morin believes that the reformulation of the Brazilian educational system has to start with a reform in the teacher training course/degree. Being Brazilian, I fully agree with this statement, however, is it only in Brazil that the course that trains teachers needs to be revised? I have been speaking to many teachers here in England, and I believe that, here too, this revision must occur and probably worldwide, since we haven’t been observing improvements in the quality of life of the planet and consequently in ours.

In fact, for years we have been watching the depletion of natural resources and degradation of all living beings that inhabit this planet and what has been done? Many will argue that there are ongoing projects that are making a difference. Yes there are. However, are these being adopted in the proportions and speed needed? No! As I mentioned in my first post we still maintain the unsustainable in favor of immediate interests.

The French philosopher and sociologist believes and I endorse that on the contrary to what happens in nature, the school model artificially separates the areas of knowledge. For this reason, it is necessary and urgent a reformulation in the courses that educate and trains future teachers, these need to be inspired by nature, where there is no separation of disciplines, therefore, we would be more prepared to build a sustainable lifestyle . Morin says the teacher figure is crucial for the consolidation of an “ideal” model of education and world.

The statement above may seem obvious, but this “truism” is not reflected in the current state of our planet. We need to be consistent and align our talks with our actions, demanding investments in this noble career and profession, so that teachers are more capable and energetic to be inspiring, awakening in their students the desire to redesign a more sustainable lifestyle.

http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0011/001177/117740eo.pdf (Link to his book: Seven complex lessons in education for the future)