Education for Tomorrow

A Biocentric, Student-Focused Model for Reconstructing Education

  • Michael Risku
  • Letitia Harding

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Noaa and the Deerfly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Risku, Letitia Harding
      Pages 3-6
  3. The Butterfly Tree

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Michael Risku, Letitia Harding
      Pages 9-22
  4. Biocentric Connections to the Land and the Sea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Michael Risku, Letitia Harding
      Pages 27-43
  5. My Teachers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-46
    2. Michael Risku, Letitia Harding
      Pages 47-57
  6. The Right of Man – Seek and Destroy?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Michael Risku, Letitia Harding
      Pages 61-69
  7. Not so Great Expectations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Michael Risku, Letitia Harding
      Pages 73-86
  8. Thank Goodness for Comic Books and Social Promotion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Michael Risku, Letitia Harding
      Pages 89-98
  9. Embracing Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Michael Risku, Letitia Harding
      Pages 101-110
  10. In Search of Utopia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Michael Risku, Letitia Harding
      Pages 113-134
  11. Herb

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135

About this book

Introduction

Education for Tomorrow A Biocentric, Student-Focused Approach to Education Reform Michael Risku University of the Incarnate Word, USA and Letitia Harding University of the Incarnate Word, USA There are many books on the market which discuss indigenous ways of knowing, and bemoan western society’s seeming lack of interest in anything other than scientific fact-based knowledge. Equally plentiful are the writings of critical theorists who consider today’s public education system to be divisive, and manipulated by those in power to ensure that their children have the educational advantages needed to maintain the elite hierarchical status quo. Education for Tomorrow is unique in that it brings both of these approaches together first by examining the ways that indigenous people and women of all cultures acquire and pass on knowledge, and the deleterious effects that enforced Eurocentric systems have had on that process. The authors then turn to public schools to explore the influences, both good and bad, that today’s programs have on the distribution of opportunities afforded to all children in the United States. Finally, they offer suggestions for a revolutionary education system which highlights the need for all students to have the encouragement and freedom to look critically and rationally at their lives and at their relationship with the natural world. This can be achieved by looking back to the pedagogical methods of our indigenous ancestors, and forward to a time when all children, regardless of ethnic or socio-economic heritage, are taught in such a way that every aspect of their lives is addressed, nurtured, valued, and enhanced.

Keywords

indigenous education

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Risku
    • 1
  • Letitia Harding
    • 2
  1. 1.University of the Incarnate WordSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.University of the Incarnate WordSan AntonioUSA

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