John I heard an interesting idea.

George Yes?

John We haven’t talked for some time.

George No. That last series of conversations was really interesting. I went away and began working with Karl and Freddy.

John I went away and worked with an ecological philosophy group. That’s where I stumbled into this. One of the younger female researchers, working on the way ecological thinking runs counter to our current university specialisms, talked about the importance of doing more than resisting capitalism in education. It wasn’t enough, she said, just to critique the systems we move in. We need a new philosophy of education. We all know that funding and policy is driven by certain general ideas of the purpose of education. Criticising the narrow, economic orientation of much policy is just not enough.

George What else is there?

John To produce a philosophy of education, she said when I asked her the same question, to support the development of an ecological civilisation.