Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect / Edition 2

Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect / Edition 2

by David W. Orr
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Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect / Edition 2

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559634953
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 07/30/2004
Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 514,313
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 10th Anniversary Edition
PART I. The Problem of Education
Chapter 1. What Is Education For?
Chapter 2. The Dangers of Education 
Chapter 3· The Problem of Education 
Chapter 4· The Business of Education 
PART II. First Principles
Chapter 5. Love 
Chpater 6. Some Thoughts on Intelligence 
Chapter 7. Reflections on Water and Oil 
Chapter 8. Virtue 
Chapter 9. Forests and Trees 
Chaper 10. Politics 
Chapter 11. Economics 
Chapter 12. Judgment: Pascal's Wager and Economics in a Hotter Time
PART III. Rethinking Education
Chapter 13. Rating Colleges 
Chapter 14· The Problem of Disciplines and the Discipline of Problems
Chapter 15. Professionalism and the Human Prospect 
Chapter 16. Designing Minds 
Chapter 17. Architecture as Pedagogy 
Chapter 18. Agriculture and the Liberal Arts 
Chapter 19. Educating a Constituency for the Long Haul 
PART IV. Destinations
Chapter 20. Love It or Lose It: The Coming Biophilia Revolution 
Chapter 21. A World That Takes Its Environment Seriously 
Chapter 22. Prices and the Life Exchanged: Costs of the U.S. Food System
Chapter 23. Refugees or Homecomers? Conjectures About the Future of Rural America 
Chapter 24. Hope in Hard Times
Conclusion: Earth in Mind 

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