Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect

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Island Press, 30 lug 2004 - 221 pagine
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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 Prospect

Recensione dell'utente  - Celina Rose - Goodreads

This book is a mixture of educational philosophy and analysis of educational problems, however I wish there was more information regarding practical solutions. A lot of the book was griping about the ... Leggi recensione completa

Review: Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect

Recensione dell'utente  - Robert Irish - Goodreads

While the ideas he is exploring are important, Orr resorts to the most trivial approach. He makes gross generalizations and he rants against education (somewhat ironic given his position). If you want ... 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

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Informazioni sull'autore (2004)

David W. Orr is chair of the environmental studies program at Oberlin College, and education editor of the journal Conservation Biology His previous books include Ecological Literacy and Environmental Responsibility.

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