ERIC Number: ED459069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Education for Sustainability: The Need for a New Human Perspective.
Disturbing global trends show that human activity continues to threaten our ability to meet current human needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability will become more inaccessible without a dramatic change in our current mindset and behavior. As the primary centers of teaching, research, and learning, institutions of higher education are significant leverage points that reflect and inform social mindsets. Unfortunately, the current educational system educates our young in a manner that reinforces an environmentally ignorant and/or insensitive mindset. Conventional logic and compartmentalization continue to be manifested throughout higher education institutions. A fundamental structural problem of the current educational system is the inclination to treat environmental education as yet another specialty but the training of specialists is not an adequate response to the environmental problems faced; teaching and learning predominantly takes place in the classroom rather than being balanced by experiential and service learning opportunities. Institutions of higher education bear a profound moral responsibility to increase society's ability to create a just and sustainable future. The question that arises at this point is, What would a college or university that addressed the environmental crisis with intensity and ingenuity look like? (PVD)
Descriptors: Ecology, Educational Change, Environmental Education, Environmental Influences, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Overpopulation, Physical Environment, Population Trends, Science Education, Sustainable Development
Web site: http://www.secondnature.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Second Nature, Inc., Boston, MA.