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Earth in mind : on education, environment, and the human prospect

Author: David W Orr
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press, ©1994.
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In Earth in Mind, 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  Read more...
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Orr, David W., 1944-
Earth in mind.
Washington, DC : Island Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)625240186
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David W Orr
ISBN: 1559632941 9781559632942 155963295X 9781559632959
OCLC Number: 30473000
Description: ix, 213 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. The problem of education: What is education for? --
The dangers of education --
The problem of education --
The business of education --
Part 2. First principles: Love --
Some thoughts on intelligence --
Reflections on water and oil --
Virtue --
Forests and trees --
Politics --
Economics --
Judgment: Pascal's wager and economics in a hotter time --
Part 3. Rethinking education: Rating colleges --
The problem of disciplines and the discipline of problems --
Professionalism and the human prospect --
Designing minds --
Architecture as pedagogy --
Agriculture and the liberal arts --
Educating a constituency for the long haul --
Part 4. Destinations: Love it or lose it: the coming biophilia revolution --
A world that takes its environment seriously --
Prices and the life exchanged: costs of the U.S. food system --
Refugees or homecomers? Conjectures about the future of rural America --
Conclusion: Earth in mind.
Responsibility: David W. Orr.
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In Earth in Mind, 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 and 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.

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"As a rule economists understand economics, ecologists the environment, and educators teaching. David Orr is one of the rare authors who understands all three, and in these finely etched and Read more...

 
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