ABSTRACT

Young people face a future of great uncertainty amid multiple, intersecting global crises, including increasing social and economic inequality, predatory globalised capitalism and neoliberal policymaking, the rise of post-truth discourses and the decay of trust, the global COVID-19 pandemic and a climate catastrophe, which is driving ecological collapse, mass extinction, food and water shortages and displacement. These crises present an enormous challenge, to which liberal–democratic governments and institutions have been unable to adequately respond. As an important social institution, schooling is supposed to provide young people with the skills and knowledge to participate fully in society, so this chapter considers how schooling can be for democracy in a time of global crisis. Drawing together the themes examined in this book, this chapter presents a series of propositions for democratic schooling in the twenty-first century.