Review of Education in developments: Volume 3
Citation: Mische, Patricia M. (2022) “Review of Education in developments: Volume 3,” The Journal of Social Encounters: Vol. 6: Iss. 2, 167-169. Available at: https://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/social_encounters/vol6/iss2/23
Education in developments: Volume 3. Magnus Haavelsrud. Oslo: Arena, 2020, paper, 196 pp. ISBN-13: 9788291040097; Kindle Direct Publishing, 2020. ISBN9788291040103; EBook, 2020. ISBN: 978-82-91040-09. European Business Register NORBRREG 957409369- 6
By Patricia M. Mische Co-founder, former president, Global Education Associates Lloyd Professor of Peace Studies and World Law, Antioch College (retired)
Right up front it should be noted what this book is, and is not, about. Despite what might be assumed from reading the title, it is not about education for economic development. On the contrary, the author denounces co-opting education for narrow economic goals. Nor is it an introductory work on educating for human potential, human rights, or peace. Rather, it is a collection of essays for readers who are already grounded in basic concepts related to education for human development, human rights, and peace, and who would like to deepen and enlarge the scope of their thinking and practice.
The word developments in the title and throughout the volume is intentionally pluralized. Haavelsrud explains in his Preface that he was inspired by Swedish social scientist, Gunnar Myrdal, who criticized the dominant economic theory of the 1960s and proposed instead that development be viewed not only in economic terms, but as “upward movements of qualities of value in a society and in the world.“ Haavelsrud, aligning himself with Myrdal and also with fellow Norwegian peace researcher Johan Galtung, views peace as such a value. Peace involves “upward movements of “equity, empathy, healing past and present traumas, and nonviolent conflict transformation.” The aim of this volume, says Haavelsrud, is to explore how education “can support – and maybe even initiate – upward movements in developments towards more peace.”