Seed Swap: Environmental Ed vs. Ecoliteracy

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As Environmental Education Week quickly approaches (April 13-19, 2014) how do you feel about the terminology or methods of traditional “environmental education”?

Do you feel environmental ed encompasses enough focus on creativity and wonder?

Will environmental education produce generations who love nature?

Weigh in with your thoughts!

I tend to think that traditional “environmental education” carries a weight that is a little dry, data analysis heavy, and tragic issue based, personally. I tend to lean toward the more modern description “educating for ecological literacy” because it allows room for more creativity and doesn’t seem to carry the perceived “environmentalist baggage” of environmental education, but I am looking for someone to change my mind! I know there are teachers out there who know how to balance the science and the sentiment, E. O. Wilson for one!

Share your wisdom with us in the comments!

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