Confronting Climate Crises through Education: Reading Our Way Forward envisions the responsibility of public education to engage a citizenry more prepared to address the challenges of a changing world. Young advocates a paradigm shift that positions ecopedagogy as the central organizing principle of curriculum and assessment design. Each chapter outlines ways literature can serve as a cultural lens for examining the complex patterns of contexts behind our most pressing climate concerns, including potential solutions these patterns may illuminate. A focus on fiction and non-fiction exemplars that can provide such a lens illustrates practical steps educators can take to develop instruction around the immediately relevant environmental crises we are experiencing and to inspire more ecologically conscious, globally-minded problem-solvers prepared to confront them.
Rebecca Youngis language and literature assessment specialist for Measured Progress and the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Foreword by John Adams
Introduction: A New Story
Chapter 1: Literature and Empathy: A Rationale for Change
Chapter 2: A Taker-Leaver Paradigm: Cultural Representations in Contemporary Fiction
Chapter 3: Popular Science Fiction and Fantasy: Fostering International Perspectives
Chapter 4: Let’s Share the Table: Building Ecoliterate Communities
Chapter 5: Morality and Environmental Responsibility: An Interdisciplinary Reading of Franzen’s Freedom
Chapter 6: Ecopsychology: Harmonizing Our Paths
Afterword by David W. Orr