3. Areas of Educational Reformation: Passion, Connection, and Wonder

In recent decades, an understanding has arisen amongst researchers and teachers alike that traditional education systems (discussed briefly in blog #2) require drastic reform. In his 1994 book Earth in Mind: On Education, the Environment, and the Human Prospect, David Orr identifies three “dangers” of these traditional, or ‘formal’ education systems. Although I disagree with the rhetoric of ‘danger’ as a productive framework for change, I do acknowledge the utility of addressing the drawbacks of traditional education systems in order to point at place for reformation to occur.

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2. The Importance of Connection to Place

Ensuring connections to nature is particularly important for children, who are broadly restricted from accessing meaningful education and engagement with their local landscapes, ecosystems, green spaces, biodiversities, and communities. This restriction largely results from the interacting dynamics of urbanization, habitat destruction, mass-media messaging, increases in screen use, and the isolation of teaching material within traditional education systems.

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1. Disconnection to the Systems that Sustain Us: Challenges and solutions

Our era is one of immense, unpredictable, and long-term change. With the combined forces of climate change, unsustainable land use practices, rapidly growing populations, and lack of sufficient support from the infrastructure and governments of industrialized nations, we require drastic shifts in the ways we interact and relate with our land, communities, and the earth as a whole.

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