EarthEd (State of the World)
Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet
Earth education is traditionally confined to specific topics: ecoliteracy, outdoor education, environmental science. But in the coming century, on track to be the warmest in human history, every aspect of human life will be affected by our changing planet. Emerging diseases, food shortages, drought, and waterlogged cities are just some of the unprecedented challenges that today’s students will face. How do we prepare 9.5 billion people for life in the Anthropocene, to thrive in this uncharted and more chaotic future?
Answers are being developed in universities, preschools, professional schools, and even prisons around the world. In the latest volume of State of the World, a diverse group of education experts share innovative approaches to teaching and learning in a new era. Topics include systems thinking for kids; the importance of play in early education; social emotional learning; comprehensive sexuality education; indigenous knowledge; sustainable business; medical training to treat the whole person; teaching law in the Anthropocene; and more.
EarthEd addresses schooling at all levels of development, from preschool to professional. Its lessons can inform teachers, policy makers, school administrators, community leaders, parents, and students alike. And its vision will inspire anyone who wants to prepare students not only for the storms ahead but to become the next generation of sustainability leaders.
In our shared time on Earth, we must create a new Earth Education. We must help future generations learn the skills necessary to survive the rapid changes ahead—including moral leadership and conflict resolution—and engender a deep connection with other species, as well as our own. This book, and the Earth Education it defines and illuminates, points us toward that new path.
Perilous times call for smart, hopeful, and vital education, grounded in deep understanding of how the world works and our place in it. EarthEd is a reason to take heart, reminding us that we can learn from educators around the world who are drawing from traditional wisdom, new discoveries about learning, and innovative strategies to prepare and inspire students to become effective actors in our changing world.
The authors in this volume are among the leaders at the forefront of environmental education. The stories, research, and insight that follow will inspire by the examples, models, and sheer dedication and perseverance.
The Worldwatch Institute. Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.
Founded in 1974 by farmer and economist Lester Brown, Worldwatch was the first independent research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental concerns. Worldwatch quickly became recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Today, Worldwatch develops innovative solutions to intractable problems, emphasizing a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.
Foreword \ David Orr
Chapter 1. EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet \ Erik Assadourian
PART I. EARTH EDUCATION FUNDAMENTALS
Chapter 2. Outdoor School for All: Reconnecting Children to Nature \ David Sobel
Chapter 3. Ecoliteracy and Schooling for Sustainability \ Michael K. Stone
Chapter 4. Education for the Eighth Fire: Indigeneity and Native Ways of Learning \ Melissa K. Nelson
Chapter 5. Pathway to Stewardship: A Framework for Children and Youth \ Jacob Rodenburg and Nicole Bell
Chapter 6. Growing a New School Food Culture \ Luis Gonzalez Reyes
Chapter 7. The Centrality of Character Education for Creating and Sustaining a Just World \ Marvin W. Berkowitz
Chapter 8. Social and Emotional Learning for a Challenging Century \ Pamela Barker and Amy McConnell Franklin
Chapter 9. Prioritizing Play \ David Whitebread
Chapter 10. Looking the Monster in the Eye: Drawing Comics for Sustainability \ Marilyn Mehlmann with Esbjorn Jorsater, Alexander Mehlmann, and Olena Pometun
Chapter 11. Deeper Learning and the Future of Education \ Dennis McGrath and Monica M. Martinez
Chapter 12. All Systems Go! Developing a Generation of "Systems-Smart" Kids \ Linda Booth Sweeney
Chapter 13. Reining in the Commercialization of Childhood \ Josh Golin and Melissa Campbell
Chapter 14. Home Economics Education: Preparation for a Sustainable and Healthy Future \ Helen Maguire and Amanda McCloat
Chapter 15. Our Bodies, Our Future: Expanding Comprehensive Sexuality Education \ Mona Kaidbey and Robert Engelman
Part II. HIGHER EDUCATION REIMAGINED
Chapter 16. Suddenly More Than Academic: Higher Education for a Post-Growth World \ Michael Maniates
Chapter 17. Bringing the Classroom Back to Life \ Jonathan Dawson and Hugo Oliveira
Chapter 18. Preparing Vocational Training for the Eco-Technical Transition \ Nancy Lee Wood
Chapter 19. Sustainability Education in Prisons: Transforming Lives, Transforming the World \ Joslyn Rose Trivett, Raquel Pinderhughes, Kelli Bush, Liliana Caughman, and Carri J. LeRoy
Chapter 20. Bringing the Earth Back into Economics \ Joshua Farley
Chapter 21. New Times, New Tools: Agricultural Education for the Twenty-First Century \ Laura Lengnick
Chapter 22. Educating Engineers for the Anthropocene \ Daniel Hoornweg, Nadine Ibrahim, and Chibulu Luo
Chapter 23. The Evolving Focus of Business Sustainability Education \ Andrew J. Hoffman
Chapter 24. Teaching Doctors to Care for Patient and Planet \ Jessica Pierce
Chapter 25. The Future of Education: A Glimpse from 2030 \ Erik Assadourian
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