The Failure of Environmental Education (And How We Can Fix It)

The Failure of Environmental Education (And How We Can Fix It)

ISBN-10:
0520265394
ISBN-13:
9780520265394
Pub. Date:
05/25/2011
Publisher:
University of California Press
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Overview

The Failure of Environmental Education (And How We Can Fix It)


At a time when wild places everywhere are vanishing before our eyes, Charles Saylan and Daniel T. Blumstein offer this passionate indictment of environmental education—along with a new vision for the future. Writing for general readers and educators alike, Saylan and Blumstein boldly argue that education today has failed to reach its potential in fighting climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation. In this forward-looking book, they assess the current political climate, including the No Child Left Behind Act, a disaster for environmental education, and discuss how education can stimulate action—including decreasing consumption and demand, developing sustainable food and energy sources, and addressing poverty. Their multidisciplinary perspective encompasses such approaches as school gardens, using school buildings as teaching tools, and the greening of schoolyards. Arguing for a paradigm shift in the way we view education as a whole, The Failure of Environmental Education demonstrates how our education system can create new levels of awareness and work toward a sustainable future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520265394
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/25/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,275,887
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface

1. The Problem(s)
2. Foundations
3. What Went Wrong
4. Accountability and Institutional Mind-Set
5. The Needs of Environmentally Active Citizens
6. Between Awareness and Action
7. A Political Primer
8. Consumption, Conservation, and Change
9. An Evolving Metric
10. And How We Can Fix It

Appendix: Greening Schools for Alternative Education

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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