Nonetheless, this political disorder is a wake up call for the educators who are concerned with human rights. It has awakened a sense of urgency that education should have something to do to deal with this situation and to shape a better future. What it is we are doing now is not the answer.
We get the matrix we deserve. As teachers and education professionals we are presented with a red pill and a blue pill. We ought to search and find ways of addressing the flawed political matrix and imagine another matrix. When political systems show that they have reached their ultimate limit, we can hope that the next generations of citizens will be the ones to recreate new political structures to address the ‘disruptions’ of our time (O. Scharmer) and find a way to lead that links intelligence from the head, the hand and the heart, moving from “ego-systems to eco-systems”. We should get to work to identify the competences that are needed to drive tomorrow’s democratic matrix, one in which social justice and the development of each person’s potential has a chance.
I have come across innovative initiatives in education that go beyond the citizenship education that is failing our chance a getting a better future.
Following are 5 initiatives and activities to develop competences (attitudes, skills and knowledge) that may help next generations build a new matrix. They have in common that they go beyond teaching about democracy and creating educated voters. They educate for democracy and through democracy.