The culture of learning and rationality


  • Robert D. Peel University of Hawaiʻi


education, sustainable development, learning, rationality


The United Nations’ campaign to generate a new development paradigm seeks to engage the largest global human diversity ever to collaborate in global policy formulation. In the campaign, education is recognized as the “engine” to empower “groups” of populations that have had little history of participating in the policy process. While the methodology of educating is under debate, little attention is being given to the root cause of rationality, which is the construction of systematic thought. This article compares three alternative knowledge development methodologies to the mainstream method being spread globally and their influence in cultivating a sustainability mindset: the mission of the United Nations “education for sustainable development” initiative. The previously published article on “The Education of Sustainable Development Laboratory” (2015), describes an opportunity to use the pending campus-wide redevelopment process of the University Laboratory School (Hawai‘i) as a research project on knowledge development frameworks to establish a world leading design of education for sustainable development.


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How to Cite

Peel, R. D. (2015). The culture of learning and rationality. Responsibility and Sustainability, 3(3), 77–87. Retrieved from