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Is a simple integration of Sustainable Development practices into the current academic content sufficient or is there a need to re-structure academic programs to create a new sustainable vision? Discuss the compatibility of Sustainable Development practices and academic content.
As a business student, I attended a course in Macro-economics this year teaching to us the so-called Solow model and the importance and tools to continous growth. I am seriously asking my-self, is continous growth and sustainability compatible? We are facing various environmental, social and economic problems right now and still get taught about practices like a 9/1 ratio of borrowing money, continous growth and globalized outsourcing in order to become cost efficient ETC. I believe, academic content should be better designed and more critical about "old" (right now failing) practices in order to prepare us for the challanges we will face in the future. As educational institution, I believe, universities have the duty to teach young people to see their environment and society they live in critical and to encourage students to find new ways of thinking instead of creating some sort of mindless minimies that keep on going the wrong direction. Academics and good researchers believe in falsification in order to make good science. So, how come, even though we get proven wrong everyday, we take our economic and political practices as verified and have no willingness for real change?