chapter  3
Toward a Human Capabilities Education Policy
ByCarl Lashley
Pages 24

American public education has reached what Senge, Schwarmer, Jaworski, and Flowers (2004) call “a requiem scenario” (p. 21). Senge and his colleagues urge us to go on “an exploration of the unthinkable” (p. 24). They use two examples to illustrate what a requiem scenario is. The fi rst is what might happen if we continue to despoil the earth through our ecologically unsustainable lifestyles; the second, discovering that death is near because of a terminal illness. When confronted with such requiem scenarios, people can simply give up, or they can “see the different future not as inevitable, but as one of genuine possibilities” (p. 25). Their book, Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future , seeks out new perspectives by arguing that a deep turn inward is necessary before we, the organizations, and the communities in which we live and work can change. “When all is said and done, the only change that will make a difference is the transformation of the human heart” (p. 26).