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Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect, 10th Anniversary Edition. with a New Introduction and Essay by the


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In Earth in Mind, Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education. Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that alienates us from life in the name of human domination; causes students to worry about how to make a living before they know who they are; overemphasizes success and careers; separates feeling from intellect and the practical from the theoretical and deadens the sense of wonder for the created world. The crisis we face, Orr explains, is one of mind, perception, and values. It is, first and foremost, an educational challenge.

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Orr (environmental studies and politics, Oberlin College) presents the tenth anniversary edition of his text addressing educational reform from an environmental perspective. In a collection of 23 essays, written for various purposes and audiences between 1990 and 1993, Orr argues that, where educational debates about standards and reforms have centered around preparing students to compete in a global economy, an equally important concern should be teaching students the ecological context in which humans live, to develop in them an ethical view of the world and their obligations to it. The tenth edition includes a brief new introduction and a new final chapter offering "hope in hard times."
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About the Author

DAVID W. ORR is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College. The recipient of the Bioneers Award and the Lyndhurst Prize, he has written three previous books and scores of articles on subjects ranging from education to agriculture.

Table of Contents


Introduction to the 10th Anniversary Edition



PART I. The Problem of Education

Chapter 1. What Is Education For?

Chapter 2. The Dangers of Education 

Chapter 3· The Problem of Education 

Chapter 4· The Business of Education 


PART II. First Principles

Chapter 5. Love 

Chpater 6. Some Thoughts on Intelligence 

Chapter 7. Reflections on Water and Oil 

Chapter 8. Virtue 

Chapter 9. Forests and Trees 

Chaper 10. Politics 

Chapter 11. Economics 

Chapter 12. Judgment: Pascal's Wager and Economics in a Hotter Time


PART III. Rethinking Education

Chapter 13. Rating Colleges 

Chapter 14· The Problem of Disciplines and the Discipline of Problems

Chapter 15. Professionalism and the Human Prospect 

Chapter 16. Designing Minds 

Chapter 17. Architecture as Pedagogy 

Chapter 18. Agriculture and the Liberal Arts 

Chapter 19. Educating a Constituency for the Long Haul 


PART IV. Destinations

Chapter 20. Love It or Lose It: The Coming Biophilia Revolution 

Chapter 21. A World That Takes Its Environment Seriously 

Chapter 22. Prices and the Life Exchanged: Costs of the U.S. Food System

Chapter 23. Refugees or Homecomers? Conjectures About the Future of Rural America 

Chapter 24. Hope in Hard Times


Conclusion: Earth in Mind 


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Orr, David
Island Press
Orr, David W.
Orr, David
Environmental Science
Educational Reform
Educational Policy & Reform
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Education -- Philosophy.
Environmental education -- Philosophy.
Education-School Reform & Controversy
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Second Edition, Revised
Publication Date:
August 2004
9 x 6 in

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