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Exactly what education needs but it s not without flawsI loved this book It talks about the problems with education and provides actual solutions for these problems Of course that would mean a total shift of the traditional model of education but there are some educational models that are on the right path One of those is called Wildschooling but it has one flaw It doesn t fully tackle the ecological aspect of learning through nature like David Orr suggests It s of an outdoor schooling system This book was definitely what I was looking for in my search for an educational model for my childNow to the not so great stuffFirst and the one that pains me the most what was the point in mentioning that breastmilk has toxins than is permitted in baby formula Where can I read the study that came to that conclusion and how was it performed For a book that is so well documented in some areas it fails to cite where he got that informationSecond there were numerous instances where two words were merged with no spaces between them That was a real distraction for me However there were no spelling errors per se Although some were merged they were spelled correctly and I could understand what was being saidFinally the book is definitely not optimized for e readers The font is terrible and you can t change it Sometimes it even gets smaller right in the middle of a wordSo while I enjoyed this book so much that it has defined the way I want to homeschool my child there is still a lot of room for improvement By far the best book I ve read this year Having grown up a country bumpkin loser in rural America and now a citified smart person I can hear Orr s call loud and clear It s a call for humans to return to their roots in nature Our problems won t be solved by research technology clever ideas and bigger cities Our culture is not the pinnacle of human achievement Our country is not the greatest country in the world there is no such thingAmericans have been on a binge fueled by fantasies of power wealth and mobility For us coming home means restoring ecological and human scale to a civilization that has lost its sense of proportion and purpose It means regenerating roots in particular places and traditions But if we do not build a worthy home what are we building And if we do not prepare our young people to come home for what destination and for what destiny do we consign themUnlike the silly Lee Greenwood proud to be a blah blah blah bullshit Real patriotism reuires that we weave the competent patient and disciplined love of our land into our political life and our political institutions The laws of ecology and those of thermodynamics which mostly have to do with limits must become the foundation for a new politics As the political writer Vaclav Havel wrote Genuine politicsis simply a matter of serving those around us serving the community and serving those who will come after us Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action to and for the whole a responsibilityonly because it has a metaphysical grounding that is it grows out of conscious or subconscious certainty that our death ends nothing because everything is forever being recorded and evaluated somewhere else somewhere above us in

What I Have Called The 
I have called the memory of being A specific description of Earth in Mind envisioned Orr says A sane civilization that loved fully and intelligently would have parks and fewer shopping malls small farms and fewer agribusinesses prosperous small towns and smaller cities solar collectors and fewer strip mines bicycle trails and fewer freeways trains and fewer cars celebration and less hurry property owners and fewer millionaires and billionaires readers and fewer television watchers shopkeepers and fewer multinational corporations teachers and fewer lawyers wilderness and fewer landfills wild animals and fewer pets Utopia No In our present circumstances this is the only realistic course imaginable We have tried utopia and can longer afford it Books that tell of the sins of mankind against nature are dime a dozen these days but this book first published 20 years ago was ahead of most in calling to attention not just the big issues of global warming and resource depletion but digging deeper to expose the problems inherent in the value system of modern industrial societies Ostensibly about how we should rethink education from K to PhD due to it s failure to inculcate a sense of responsibility towards nature the author goes on to explore the root causes of our increasing alienation from the nature that humankind came from and continues to rely on for long term survivalIndeed it almost seems that everything we have continues to rely on for long term survivalIndeed it almost seems that everything we have doing since industrialization have been wrong pushing us ever further from the land that supports us into cities and virtual environments taking away place specific local nowledge of ecology and replacing it with ever layers of specialized abstract theoretical nowledge Our very notions and measurement of progress like economic growth specialization efficiency productivity etc are all called into uestion as they have come at a heavy environmental and social cost not adeuately accounted for in our market based societies that champion short term growth and discount the futureNothing short of a reversal of past trends is needed from restructuring education to re ruralization or back to the land movement so as to reacuaint ourselves with life support systems and a sustainable way and scale of living Sadly it is all too apparent that nothing close to these steps have been taken since and I suppose nothing short of calamity or catastrophe would push the majority to even consider what the author so stridently advocates The last chapter added ten years post publication attests to this The 21st century saw an even rapid pace of business as usual going in the very direction the author tried to warn against He does not lament at this only talking in a philosophical manner about what attitude we should adopt in the face of such disheartening realities We read this book for our eighth annual Fall Faculty Book Club at Xavier University of Louisiana At our final meeting we asked our participating faculty to jot down some thoughts Here is what they wroteThough written 20 years ago this is forcing me to think critically of place choices and practices and the connection to other communities Responsibility needed Earth in Mind profiles the grad. 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 inadeuate 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 now who they are; overemphasizes succes. Earth in Mind On Education Environment and the Human ProspectLike to think Thomas would approve of my nack for successlessness Another good uote is from gary snyder who describes the true ecological criminals who make unimaginably large sums of money people impeccably groomed excellently educated at the best universities male and female alike eating fine foods and reading classy literature while orchestrating the investment and legislation that ruin the world17 Ouch Harsh words but right on Gary is my HeroThe main thing I didn t like in this book was how David Orr goes off on Woody Allen for being a biophobe i didn t find this line of thought to be very productive plus i really like woody allen movies especially annie hall another downside is that the book is a collection of essays which tend to be repetitive the first four will do you well if anyone wants to read this you can borrow it but be forewarned I do draw stars lines and arrows in the margins The crisis we face is first and foremost one of mind perception and valuesWritten in 1994 Orr s vision will hardly be novel or surprising for new readers however it is contemporary and validIndustrialisation and industrial education have challenged our prosperity as well as that of millions of species and Earth itself Repair than two hundred years of forest and soil destruction water and air pollution and biological and climate desestabilisation will reuire a profound cultural change The author analyses this perspective from a social educational economic and ecological viewThis collection of essays seems to play an antagonistic role in trying to inspire hope for a better future while feeding the reader with despair for the involution of American education over the years In that sense the author s vision risks resulting in a cynical examination rhetoric discourse and idealistic resolution As counterexamples Prof Harari s Sapiens does a grounded and serious analysis of the human condition and Mary Reynolds Garden Awakening speaks of a revolution in our relationship with the natural environment from the heart and without falling in Orr s impractical intellectual self complacencyUsing an elaborated academic style the author wastes a good amount of energy and readers time charging against capitalistic windmills attempting to solve a problem within the context and mindset which caused it in the first place and only shortly suggesting directions without fully backing up developing or putting them into practice As the author implies conservation biologists generally call out intention without ever rolling up their sleeves Despite the too obvious limitations the book is ecologically sound with its best sections revolving around ideas borrowed from colleagues and well referenced works This book is decades old but still rings true Like most books of its ilk it espouses a few things Respect the earth life on it and its inherit limits The Economy should not be the only or the primary way we value things Gotta love life to protect it co Stephen J Gould Let s teach ids less how to be productive in the economy and how to live sustainably on the earth That means teaching them or at the very least exposing them to the local ecologyThe repetition of some of these themes throughout these essays wasn t a problem for me Instead it reinforced some of the arguments When read out of context some of what Orr says could be considered controversial but overall I think this is a solid book and one with which I agree Why do I continue to read books I agree with In part because I enjoy reading the doom and gloom I m not proud of that but I have to
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it But also in because the I read the I get excited to make change in my life I still live really well but I have chosen to forego at least for now a dwelling of my own and cohabitate with a small community endtangent Another reason I like books like a dwelling of my own and cohabitate with a small community endtangent Another reason I like books like is because I learn a few new facts and I make new connections in my brain And that s beautiful I cannot think of a book that has had a profound influence on how I live and how I see the world I came across Earth in Mind seven years ago when I was doing a great deal of soul searching trying to figure out what ind of life I wanted to lead trying to understand our ecological crisis and struggling to understand why we were doing such great harm to ourselvesDavid Orr convinced me that an important part of being an environmentalist is loving and taking pleasure in the natural world this world that I want to save for myself my family my friends and future generations As Orr points out in order to fight for something you must first love and future generations As Orr points out in order to fight for something you must first love And one cannot love that which one doesn t now So even thought I had always been an indoor person this book inspired me to set aside my books and go for a walk or a hike I also began to pause before I made decisions to consider what the environmental impact would be David Orr argues that the answer to our social and environmental problems isn t simply ensuring that everyone gets a college education We don t just need education We re currently learning the wrong things in school We need to be passing on values and Hitomi knowledge that will create a sustainable world I for one graduated from college without the fainest clue how to live sustainably By spending nearly the entire school day indoors educators are sending students the message that time in nature experiencing it and studying it is not important It is vital that our educational system reflect values that will create a sustainable society It s essential that we study ecology and agriculturenow where our food comes from and Tales From Midhgardhur Volume I know how to grow it sustainably Here is my favorite part of Earth in Mind Were we to confront our creaturehood suarely how would we propose to educate The answer I think is implied in the root of the word education educe which means to draw out What needs to be drawn out is our affinity for life That affinity needs opportunities to grow and flourish it needs to be validated it needs to be instructed and disciplined and it needs to be harnessed to the goal of building humane and sustainable societies Education that builds on our affinity for life would lead to aind of awakening of possibilities and potentials that lie dormant and unused in the industrial utilitarian mind Therefore the task of education as Dave Forman stated is to help us open our souls to love this glorious luxuriant animated planet The good news is that our own nature will help us in the process if we let Bstitute 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 nowledge 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. Ual annihilation of the planet caused by no holds barred economic progress reliance on fossil fuels unrestrained technological advancements and o This collection of essays clearly and rationally explains the problems with current models of education politics and economics and the worldviews that govern them as they apply to human existence in the than human world Unfortunately I m not sure that the way it is written can persuade those already in the grip of biophobia of the value of life in the world and as such it mostly confirms what we who agree with its message are already afraid of The most practical message of this book is to foster biophilia in the young people we now and hope that the experience of the wild will mold our society into one that can survive in and together with the greater world community David Orr s Earth in Mind is a series of essays about the human relationship with the natural world It concerns education because education is where we learn how to relate to the universe For he says The ind of education we need begins wit the recognition that the crisis of global ecology is first and foremost a crisis of values ideas perspecives and nowledge which makes it a crisis of education not one in education David Orr gives a resounding critiue of the institutions that in large measure have caused the global ecological crisisEconomics Economics from its early beginnings was stamped with the industrial mindset and with those assumptions convenient to industrialization Today s governments have taken on entirely an agenda set by economics that of endless progress consumption and economic growth We euate progress with economic growth but fail to consider the constraints of such an agenda or its costs We assign prices to materials labor and goods but we do not assign prices to clean water clean air forests animals and nature As a result we have destroyed the essential things in order to create goods Because we failed to train our policy makers and business people in ecology we have built an economic system that is unbalanced and unsustainableProfessionalism Our education is defined by the pursuit of narrow disciplines which have caused what is whole to be fragmented Professors seeking tenure seek increasing expertise in specializations and do research that have little benefit to the world Academics for the most part are engaged in a dialogue of their own They are adverse to take on tackling problems in the real world except as research They are professionals encouraged to maintain the status uoAbstraction of education Education today is mainly a passive activity Students learn theories formulas facts abstract Dark Brew knowledge not grounded in the context of actual experience Orr suggests that students should be taught first through their senses so that they can have an appreciation of their subject matter and come to understand the world in a multidimensional experiential way This way they will care about the world before they are taught how to use it and subdue itGlobalization Orr advocates for a commitment to place Instead ofnowing about the world in an abstract way we should learn about it by fully inhabitating the places we live We should learn about a place love it care for it and be engaged in it Instead of being fixated to the television or internet we should engage with real places and real people By learning to value places we will not only protect the enviroment but also lead richer livesUltimately Orr s message is one about love He uotes we cannot save what we do not love And education should teach us how to love this world as well as how to manipulate it Rather than using education as a means of upward mobility we should think about what we want as a society People need among other things healthy food shelter clothing good work to do friends music poetry god books a vital civic culture animals and wildness Bu we are increasingly offered fantasy for reality junk for uality convenience for self reliance consumption for community and stuff rather than spirit Orr argues that our ecological crisis is not one that can be solved by technology but by a change in our values An entirely different orientation to education is needed to impart values and the nowledge needed to create the good society one that values balance fairness and ecological diversityMy only criticism of this book is its emphasis on agriculture and regionalism While having sustainable agriculture would be a huge step towards ecological sustainability we can t all return to rural living Orr doesn t acknowledge that cities are some of the most energy efficient places and that cities contain cultural diversity in ways that are not possible in rural society The demographic trend of the world is towards the formation of large cities and we might think about how to handle this transition rather than resist it The lengthy chapters on agriculture in the second half of the book is less relevant for people who are seeking to learn about educational reform Overall an elouent and important rethinking of our priorities as a society A must read for teachers and humans of all sorts but especially teachers and anyone who wonders why they feel like a displaced person despite a pleasant home and comfortable life feel like a displaced person despite a pleasant home and comfortable life one is a good ick in the ass The book takes a critical look at the many myths of education examines the values we re nottaught in school and how that plays out in grow up world lots of thoughts on placelessness the perversions that are science rational thought and modern existence and I read this in a hammock under a palapa on the beach in southern mexico while waiting for tides to shift My favorite uote in the book is from an alcoholic dead beat dad turned trappist monk namely Thomas Merton to the effect of Be anything You Like Be Madmen Drunks like be madmen drunks bastards of every shape and form but at all costs avoid one thing success 11 Then the author goes on to talk about how the world has plenty of successful people and what it needs now are peacemakers healers restorers storytellers and lovers of every ind plus people who live well in their place i love that oneThomas Merton also describes the education system as the mass production of people literally unfit for anything except to take part in an elaborate and completely artificial charade good one THomas He was later electrocuted in a bathtub while engaging in spiritual tourism in India Yes I am a cynical bastard But I do. S and careers; separates feeling from intellect and the practical from the theoretical; deadens the sense of wonder for the created world is first and foremost an educational challenge The author begins by establishing the grounds for a debate about education and nowledge He describes the problems of education from an ecological perspective and challenges the terrible simplifiers who wish to su.

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