Education in Safety
I am on several discussion lists across a number of disciplines and one such list in Education surfaced this week about what readings were considered essential for First Year Education students. The group is populated mostly by experienced teachers and a few academics. The purpose of the discussion was to ensure that the first year was a generalist education that exposed students to a broad Transdisciplinary understanding of competing ideas. The thinking behind the discussion was agreed that in preparing teachers for their vocation that a broad and diverse understanding of ideas was essential. This was not because teachers should be philosophers but rather that as educators they should be critical thinkers with solid skills in discerning and sifting through the ‘noise’ of a post-modern society. It was a hope that this might trickle down to providing a well-rounded and holistic education for children.
Most of the readings suggested had nothing to do with the Education, Teaching nor the Education Act and Regulation. It was again agreed that the making of a good Teacher was not about grooming people for a craft or profession but much more about the education of persons as a goal in itself. It was thought that later years in the degree could be devoted to the mechanics of teaching, schools as organizations, curriculum, pedagogical theory and the psychology of learning.
What followed in the discussion was a sharing of readings (selected chapters and essays) that could be compiled into a ‘reading brick’ in a subject called ‘An Introduction to Education’. How interesting that a group of experienced teachers did NOT suggest readings in Education, Learning, Curriculum and Pedagogy. Such a mature idea of what makes a person professional and, so to Safety.
How fascinating that the curriculum in Work, Health and Safety and the AIHS Body of Knowledge is so profoundly insular and narrow. How fascinating this industry that thinks the best preparation for work in the world is the regurgitation of an Act and Regulation. How interesting this industry that considers good education to be a narrow band of behaviourist ‘shlock’ in the production of safety sausages.
It’s nearly 5 years since I wrote about the need for curriculum reform in the safety industry (https://safetyrisk.net/isnt-it-time-we-reformed-the-whs-curriculum/). By the reaction I received you would have thought I was a demon who dared criticize the perfect education. How strange this industry of compliance that thinks that critical thinking is the enemy of safety. (Of course this in itself speaks volumes for how indoctrination works in the industry.) How strange this love of zero (https://www.humandymensions.com/product/for-the-love-of-zero-free-download/) and engineering-behaviourism that thinks it serves people well in such compulsory miseducation (http://arvindguptatoys.com/arvindgupta/goodman.pdf ). How naïve to think that an education in engineering-behaviourism might produce people who value persons. What a strange idea that thinks only one string on a fiddle is a well rounded instrument.
So just as a matter of interest I decided to list the readings in my latest book as a suggestion for what you might consider for your next reading challenge. You can download the first chapter of the book for free here: https://www.humandymensions.com/product/envisioning-risk-seeing-vision-and-meaning-in-risk/ Happy reading.
Readings for Envisioning Risk
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Ashhurst, C., (2020) One Team Where Worlds Collide: The Development of Transcoherence for Tackling Wicked
Problems (ANU PhD Thesis) https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/202932.
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