Education, cultural myths, and the ecological crisis: toward by Chet A. Bowers

By Chet A. Bowers

This e-book is an exam of the way the tutorial approach perpetuates cultural myths contributing to the ecological obstacle. In addressing the cultural and academic dimensions of the ecological predicament, the ebook illuminates academic concerns linked to the hidden nature of tradition, relatively how proposal styles shaped some time past are reproduced in the course of the metaphorical language utilized in the school room. It examines why either conservative and liberal academic critics forget about the ecological trouble, and means that a extra ecologically sustainable ideology is being formulated through such thinkers as Aldo Leopold, Wendell Berry, and Gregory Bateson.

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Some argue that rationality is the basis of individual authority while others argue for a more emotive basis of individual authenticity. In Habits of the Heart, Robert Bellah and his colleagues write eloquently about the consequences of making the individual self the basic social unit, and question whether this Page 26 modern image, cut off from communal involvement and responsibility, can sustain either a meaningful public or private life. 7 But there are other consequences of this view of individualism that relate more to the foundations of the myth of the autonomous, self-directing individual.

Page i Education, Cultural Myths, and the Ecological Crisis Page ii SUNY Series in the Philosophy of Education Philip L. Smith, Editor Page iii Education, Cultural Myths, and the Ecological Crisis Toward Deep Changes C. A. Bowers State University of New York Press Page iv Published by State University of New York Press, Albany © 1993 C. A. Bowers All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.

What are the basic human values and what is the basis of their authority in people's lives? Writers of textbooks tend not to be aware of how they provide shared answers to these questions at a level of understanding taken for granted in their particular culture. Nor are they aware that many of these cultural patterns of thinking were formed before their culture had any inkling that individual choice and rationally based progress would, in the end, be constrained by ecological considerations. Because of the mainstream nature of these beliefs and values, most teachers are equally unaware of how textbooks reinforce different aspects of the mind set that is part of the ecological problemeven as they encourage students to be environmentally responsible citizens by recycling materials.

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