Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
Island Press, 30/lug/2004 - 221 pagine
In Earth in Mind, noted environmental educator David W. Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education.
Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that: alienates us from life in the name of human domination; causes students to worry about how to make a living before they know who they are; overemphasizes success and careers; separates feeling from intellect and the practical from the theoretical; deadens the sense of wonder for the created world.
The crisis we face, Orr explains, is one of mind, perception, and values. It is, first and foremost, an educational challenge.
The author begins by establishing the grounds for a debate about education and knowledge. He describes the problems of education from an ecological perspective, and challenges the "terrible simplifiers" who wish to substitute numbers for values. He follows with a presentation of principles for re-creating education in the broadest way possible, discussing topics such as biophilia, the disciplinary structure of knowledge, the architecture of educational buildings, and the idea of ecological intelligence. Orr concludes by presenting concrete proposals for reorganizing the curriculum to draw out our affinity for life.
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Review: Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human ProspectRecensione dell'utente - Ahmed Chicktay - Goodreads
The author reminds us that we are part of a large living organism, and our actions are suicidal with respect to the earth. We are trading short term gains for long term environmental disaster. Our ... Leggi recensione completa
Review: Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human ProspectRecensione dell'utente - Jon Morgan - Goodreads
Thought-provoking, but also deeply affecting. Although this is a polemic more than a cutting work of analysis, perhaps in these times a diatribe against the ecocide around us is more than warranted. Leggi recensione completa
Part One The Problem of Education
Part Two First Principles
Part Three Rethinking Education
Agriculture and the Liberal Arts
U S Food System
Refugees or Homecomers? Conjectures About
z4 Hope in Hard Times