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 framed are increasingly inadequate to continue taking on social burdens. More money for schools is not the answer.
The book’s main arguments:
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 possible title is Education's Ecology; How Sustainable Relationships Begin With Parenting.
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