Renowned environmental thinker and designer Professor Daivd W. Orr presents this environmental manifesto, Earth in Mind.
He posits that the environmental crisis we are experiencing reflects a disorder - or error - in the human mind. Orr's arguments are critical, and convincing. He believes we shouldn't wait around for technological inventions to fix the environmental disaster we're in - we should start with our own intelligence - changing our mindsets from progress-oriented to sustainability oriented.
Christopher Hurt's narration is unobtrusive (mild and low) which is what's needed for the book's gravity to really stay front and center. Orr believes the education of our children is the place where this needs to happen. Realistic, motivational, and inspiring, this audio is essential for every parent and educator invested in the world our children will inherit.
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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This kind of ridiculous rant goes a long way to discrediting environmental thinking. I would never have finished it if I'd been reading, but because I've heard and seen this referenced, I plodded through. He makes so many stupid sweeping generalizations that he undermines any credibility. He might have some good ideas buried in here, but it's certainly not worth the effort to find the needle in the haystack.
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