We speak with Carlos Alberto Torres, Distinguished Professor at UCLA. Dr. Torres worked closely with Paulo Freire and now directs the UCLA Paulo Freire Institute. He argues that we need to create a model of ethics education that combines social justice and natural justice, or sustainability. Freire viewed the planet as an oppressed entity. We talk about creating a political culture in our schools that centers peace and the global commons, what in other places is called civic culture. Part one of a two-part interview.
00:42-04:07 Global citizenship education
04:07-13:41 Principles of global citizenship education; global ethic of the global commons
13:41-17:12 Democracy under threat
17:12-23:44 Integrating the global commons into schools; civic culture
23:44-28:49 What this looks like in classrooms
28:49-30:52 How can public schools become sites of social justice?
Book Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Critical Global Citizenship Education by Carlos Alberto Torres. New York and London, Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Soundtrack by Poddington Bear