4. Thoughts on Classrooms, Capitalism, and Wilderness Illusions

Last week I spoke of several ways in which traditional education systems require reformation in order to provide children with more empowering, connective, and relevant ways of learning. Specifically, children require education that enables them to explore their passions, to connect with themselves and their environments, and to find and develop a sense of wonder for their surroundings. These areas of reformation can take place when education systems, curricula, and teachers actively strive to cultivate and nurture learning environments for exploration, curiosity, empathy, mistake-making, creativity, problem-solving, mindfulness, complexity, sensory-based learning, and student-guided discovery…

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3. Areas of Educational Reformation: Guiding 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: Traditional Education Systems and Reframed Place-Based Learning

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 from the Systems that Sustain Us: Educational 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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