30 Aug '11, 6pm

Teaching kids to love nature and buy less stuff:

Kids are getting the sort of education that guarantees they'll soon be fighting each other, Hunger Games-style, for Earth's dwindling resources. The solution is to cram everyone in America into Berkeley, Calif., say the authors of the new book The Failure of Environmental Education . (I'm paraphrasing.) If educational institutions taught ecology as the overall system in which we exist and economy as a subset of that system, instead of the other way around, perhaps the blind rush to affluence perpetrated by rampant industrialization would eventually give way to a more holistic approach to living. Authors Charles Saylan and Daniel T. Blumstein argue that ways teachers can inspire this "holistic approach" through field trips, inculcating a love of nature, teaching children to identify birds rather than cars, and holding more classes outside. Schools should go green with stude...

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