George Monbiot’s latest blog (also in the Guardian on May 13th) is titled: The University of Life. It’s about his discovery of environmental education:
“… During the lockdown, I’ve been doing something I’ve long dreamt about: experimenting with an ecological education. I can’t claim to have found it easy, or to have got it all right. As millions of parents have discovered, there’s a reason why people undergo years of specialist education and training before qualifying as teachers. Persuading children to see you as a parent one moment and a teacher the next is especially challenging. But, working with an eight- and a nine-year-old (my youngest daughter and her best friend), I’ve begun to discover that my dream is not entirely ridiculous. I’m not talking about teaching ecology as an isolated subject, but about something more fundamental: placing ecology and Earth systems at the heart of learning, just as they are at the heart of life. …”
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