I've been getting more inquiries lately about the systems science book and the efforts to develop a systems science undergraduate curriculum. In light of my recent thoughts about the state of higher education and its failure to fulfill its mission (see: Is there a role for elitism in higher education?) I do a lot of thinking about how that could be changed. So if there isn't a complete crash of society (due to energy depletion) over the next twenty years, I still would like to believe that systems science could do a great deal to help the situation.
Here is a piece I recently updated to argue for why systems science should be the core of education. We were focused on higher education, of course, but the argument actually applies across all levels of education. My vision of a University of Noesis with schools for children and teenagers feeding in to it is based on this core curriculum. In the lower age grades I would have the curriculum designed around permaculture as the application and demonstration of systems principles to living. It would provide students with practical knowledge and skills but also show them the importance of systems science. Then when they get to university they are ready to learn systems science directly and how to apply it to other disciplinary areas, at least those that make sense for future society!
I'm in the process of finishing up the book, "Academically Adrift", that I reference in the article. As I read I weep. All of my worst fears and anecdotal experiences are being validated by empirical evidence. The claims I made in the link above about elitism seem increasingly justified. I will be writing much more about it when I've finished that book and one or two others that are related topics.