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ERIC Number: EJ959421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1306-3065
Lessons from the Tree that Owns Itself: Implications for Education
Mueller, Michael P.; Pattillo, Kemily K.; Mitchell, Debra B.; Luther, Rachel A.
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v6 n3 p293-314 Jul 2011
After taking seriously the idea that nature should have human rights argued by Cormac Cullinan in Orion Magazine (January/February 2008), we examined the lessons that could be learned from the tree that owns itself in Athens, Georgia. The point is to engage others in environmental and science education in a critical conversation about how school would have to prepare students to deal with rights for plants, as distinct from sentient animals and inanimate objects. As discussions of rights often neglects the interests and inference rights of non-sentient plants in the school curriculum and these nonhuman species are objectified for human needs, there is very little written about plant rights in science education. This essay is an imagined question of what science education would look like if rights for plants were adopted by humans. We address the idea of rights for the Tree that Owns Itself in Athens, Georgia, United States, and what science educators and their students can and should learn from addressing these rights. We explore rights for plants more specifically through consequentialist and nonconsequentialist reasoning and the nurturing relationship between humans and nonhuman species. We connect with scholars who argue for biocentric pluralism as a guiding philosophy, while using this theory to develop some educational implications of rights for nature within science education respectively. (Contains 1 figure and 2 notes.)
International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication. Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Education, 14280 Golkoy-Bolu, Turkey. e-mail: editorijese@gmail.com; Web site: http://www.ijese.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia