Postsecondary institutions should foster deep thinking on climate change: Opinion

August 10, 2021
Higher education’s interest in economic advancement has created a situation in which it is entrenching limited thinking about issues such as climate change, argues Peter Sutoris. The author argues that, since universities focus on training workers for the economy and students focus on training to get a job, universities are not thinking about solving the difficult issues that society is facing due to its own actions. Sutoris argues that rather than “tinkering around the edges,” postsecondary institutions should support students in fields in which they are reimagining the world and engage in “de-schooling” to teach students that they can change society. “The job of universities on a dying planet is to foster, not cripple, our ability to imagine a different future,” writes Sutoris. Times Higher Ed (Paywall) (Editorial)