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ERIC Number: EJ853854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-21
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1523-1615
Sowing the Seeds: Moving Curriculum and School Culture towards Education for Sustainable Development
Capozzi, Richard
Current Issues in Comparative Education, v7 n2 p130-137 Apr 2005
2005 marks the beginning of the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), but awareness of this event is practically nonexistent in the New York City public high school where the author teaches English. A concerted effort to teach for--or even about--sustainability in mathematics, science, business and humanities classes is more remote still. The reasons are as various as they are predictable: "poverty, ignorance, disease and violence"--the real "axis of evil"--and high-stakes testing thrown in for good measure. In this article, the author discusses two key issues specific to education that may help teachers deal more effectively with the obstacles keeping ESD from being better known and universally embraced in the schools: 1) curriculum; and 2) school culture. The important points to retain are that ESD requires a fully integrated approach to curriculum development; that small schools are by virtue of their scale better suited to do ESD; and that ideally the physical infrastructure should reflect the values and technologies which make ESD possible.
Teachers College, Columbia University. International and Transcultural Studies, P.O. Box 211, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York