Education Policy

The mandate to schools in terms of „education for sustainable development“ has existed for over 40 years.

The guiding perspective “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)“ ist seit geraumer Zeit fest in Bildungsplänen verankert und formuliert das Ziel, „an innovativen Lebens- und Gesellschaftsentwürfen mitzuwirken, die einen zukunftsweisenden und verantwortlichen Übergang in eine nachhaltige Welt möglich machen“ (Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs Baden-Württemberg, 2016). The history of this guiding perspective is surprisingly long. As early as 1980, the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) passed resolutions on „Environment and Education“ (KMK, 1981). It states:

“It is (…) a mandatory mission for schools, (…) to promote a responsible handling of the environment (…). The school is all the more obligated to do this, as the burdens on the environment (…) have increased threateningly. Schools can and must [sic] make their contribution to the solution of this urgent problem due to its educational mission” (KMK, 1981, p. 1).

However, even forty (!) years later, it has still not been made sufficiently clear how the officially recognized Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be implemented in music education in the context of the current climate crisis:

„The 21st century has been defined by ecological crises, and these crises have been absent from most critical conversations in music teaching and learning (Shevock, 2020, S. 174)

It cannot remain at that. Rather, we may ask ourselves: What will music education have contributed to overcome the current crisis? How will we have dealt with this complex issue?