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ERIC Number: ED405187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Education: Creating a New Holism. Draft Copy.
Callicutt, Timothy N.
It is generally believed that great strides are being made toward increasing the level of ecological awareness among the American public. This paper points to the fact that not only is public education failing to achieve an adequate level of ecological awareness among today's youth, but that public schools may actually be contributing to the level of anthropocentric and dualistic thinking that has brought humanity to its current point. The current curriculum is an economic/industrial, consumption-driven model of human interaction with the earth. A warning is given that continuation of the use of this model for teaching purposes is self-destructive. A suggestion is made for a new holism in public education that goes far beyond the usual integration of environmental awareness programs into public school curriculum. This paper makes a call for total integration of all other subject areas into an environmentally-based educational system rather than incorporating environmental studies into the already existing curriculum. Lastly, teachers should practice the environmental principles they teach. Contains 12 references. (PVD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A