Book-Essays-Eco - Essays on Ecologically Sustainable...

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Unformatted text preview: Essays on Ecologically Sustainable Educational Reforms By C. A. Bowers 2010 1 CONTENTS: Chapter 1 Making the Transition from Individual to Ecological Intelligence: A Challenge Facing Curriculum Theorists Chapter 2 The Limitations of the Daniel Goleman/Wal-Mart View of Ecological Intelligence Chapter 3 The Hidden Roots of Cultural Colonization in Teaching English as a Second Language Chapter 4 Reflections on Teaching the Course Curriculum Reform in an Era of Global Warming Chapter 5 University Reforms that Contribute to the Revitalization of the Cultural Commons Chapter 6 The Environmental Ethic in Three Theories of Evolution Chapter 7 Educating for a Sustainable Future: Mediating Between the Commons and Economic Globalization Chapter 8 The Imperialistic Agenda of Moacir Gadottis Eco-Pedagogy 2 Chapter 1 Making the Transition from Individual to Ecological Intelligence: A Challenge Facing Curriculum Theorists The problem today is that most of us have been educated in western style educational institutions and thus have been socialized to think and communicate in the metaphorical language framed by analogs settled upon by earlier western thinkers who were unaware of environmental limits. The combination of hubris and a deeply held prejudice toward indigenous cultures that had already developed ecological intelligence that enabled many of them to live within the limits and possibilities of their bioregion led western thinkers to take a different path into the future. As we can now recognize, this path has led to environmentally destructive technologies and the hyper- consumer dependent lifestyle now being globalized. Whether we have the time to develop a life- sustaining ecological intelligence will depend upon the length of time we have before the rate and scale of environmental changes embroil civil societies in wars of survival. It will also depend upon whether public school teachers and university professors have the will to recognize how the past continues the linguistic colonization of the present. Unfortunately, even if our educational institutions are able to socialize the next generations in how to exercise ecological intelligence in their daily lives, political power will remain in the hands of the older generations that still takes-for- granted the deep cultural assumptions that underlie the capitalist/industrial mode of consciousness. If we are to take Albert Einsteins warning seriously, namely that we cannot rely upon the same mind-set that created the problem to fix it, we need to begin thinking of how to exercise ecological intelligence and thus to move to a post-industrial form of consciousness. This will be an especially difficult challenge for curriculum theorists as most classroom teachers and university professors have been socialized to think in the metaphorical language that earlier thinkers succeeded in establishing as the basis of modern thought....
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This note was uploaded on 10/02/2010 for the course CLGT ECO 123 taught by Professor Hehe during the Winter '10 term at Imperial College.

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