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ERIC Number: ED558526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 262
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Sustainability: Higher Education's New Fundamentalism
Peterson, Rachelle; Wood, Peter W.
National Association of Scholars
"Sustainability" is a key idea on college campuses in the United States and the rest of the Western world. To the unsuspecting, sustainability is just a new name for environmentalism. This report is the first in-depth critical study of the sustainability movement in higher education. The focus of this study is on how the sustainability movement has, according to these authors, distorted higher education, the harm it has done to college curricula, and the limits it has imposed on the freedom of students to inquire and to make their own decisions. The report explains how the sustainability movement came to prominence and how it is organized. After presenting the findings, the report offers recommendations and concludes that the sustainability movement has become a major force in American life that has largely escaped serious critical scrutiny. The goal of this report is to change that by examining for the first time the movement's ideological, economic, and practical effects on institutions of higher education. The following are appended: (1) Living with Climate Orthodoxy on Campus: One Professor's Take; (2) Divesting Reason: A Student's Perspective; (3) Environmental Lysenkoism: Reflections from a Scientist; and (4) A Transnational, "Precautionary" Movement: Thoughts from an International Trade Lawyer. An index is also included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Arthur N. Rupe Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Association of Scholars (NAS)