The current status of the book is perhaps more accurately considered as a series of related essays. The printout runs to about 240 pages. The essays grew out of a weekly writing effort that extended every Friday for over 10 years as a newsletter called TGIF - Taking Great Ideas Forward. Those essays were related at the intersection of education, environment and economics. The book-length effort is under review and editing is moving forward however progress is halting and uneven. It is a rather constant process of discovering new and important elements -- what I call GAPS -- to add.
Education's Ecology is about relationships and none are more important than those at the beginning of life; a period when schools are almost completely uninvolved. Education is a social function that extends both before and beyond the school years. Education cannot continue to stand apart from social equity and social justice, ecological systems and thinking, economics as a social subsidiary of the environment, ethics extending across all human relationships, energy for all essential and non-essential life processes, and evolution as a fact of life at all levels of organization. Yet schools, as they are presently and perhaps irrevocably framed, are increasingly inadequate to continue taking on social burdens. More money for schools is not the answer. Throwing more and more money at schools and expecting better outcomes is defensibly characterized as social insanity. Chartered schools and vouchers for schools are at best only early evolutionary steps toward a non-school-based paradigm for education.
The book’s main arguments:
support an evolutionary discontinuation of schools as a paradigm for public education within society;
revise the role of teachers to facilitate community scholarship and leadership VS classroom management;
emphasize that our biology is fundamental, including behavior, reproduction and parenting, development, consciousness, evolution, and the growing importance of neuroscience;
establish a bona fide role for spirituality (as distinct from religion)
place testing, textbooks and technology in a new perspective;
recognize education as a place for practice of systems science;
insist that only integration of a planetary perspective will support human survival.
A tentative title was:Education Ecology: Why Teaching, Testing, Textbooks and Technology are Not Enough.
More recently, at the suggestion of a potential publisher, I have considered revising the title to focus on the important role of parents in education and how parents and caregivers may benefit from the content of the book. Accordingly a new possible title is Education's Ecology; How Sustainable Relationships Begin With Parenting.
Early Childhood -- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are critically important and represent a societal liability that cannot any longer be ignored. However, what is recognized to date may be only the tip of the iceberg.
D3 -- Is a recent concept which stands for Decade of Dependent Development. D3 begins with conception and ends at age 10. D3 explicitly recognizes neoteny -- delayed physiological and sexual maturity of an organism -- as a fundamental condition of human life. Parenting is so critical and crucial for this first decade that in its absence, death is nearly inevitable. Accordingly, it is incumbent upon society to establish a network of relationships that support parenting for every child. This means that education is most significant not for children but for adults. Society must assure itself that every prospective parent is equipped to support child development that is not ever toxic physically, emotionally or spiritually. The intellectual domain in the first decade is founded on passion, projects, peers and play that emerges from the natural conditions of neoteny.
Linking - Citizen Science, STEM, STEaM, PBL & Adult Education.
Science is a way of knowing. It is evidence-based and a critically important process of eliminating what is true and what is not true. Any chance humanity has for preservation of the only home we have -- planet earth -- will depend upon a majority of humanity understanding
Teacher Training for Education's Ecology and Community Supporting Scholarship ...
Parenting -- Engagement & Leadership
Community / Grassroots Engagement
(Role in higher education)
(Unionization & Education)
And many more ...
*This page is under development. However, as it develops I will occasionally post items of related interest. What follows is archival material that was previously posted on my home page.
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