News of the month (March 2005).
The founding of Human Scale Education was inspired by E.F. Schumacher's book Small is Beautiful which advocates small scale working units as a means to personal fulfilment , environmental sustainability and productivity. As Schumacher placed people at the heart of economics so Human Scale Education places children and young people at the centre of education.
In the last nineteen years Human Scale Education has sought to ensure the continued existence of small schools which have come under threat of closure. It has worked to secure public funding for small schools outside the state system and has brought to the attention of secondary schools within the state system the principle of restructuring large schools into smaller learning communities.
Human Scale Education remains committed to the idea that diversity of provision is a healthy feature of an educational system and that for many young people a human scale learning environment can make the difference between success and failure. It is also committed to the belief that a main purpose of education is to enable young people to understand their role in creating a fairer and environmentally sustainable world .
Visions for Environmental Education
The conference will explore ideas and approaches which foster in young people a genuine care and concern for the environment. This is best achieved through active and participative ways of learning which seek to connect the learner to the natural world.
This conference is for teachers and parents, students, governors, policy makers and anyone involved in educating towards a fairer and sustainable world.
David Orr is Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, Ohio. He has written a number of books on ecological education, most recently Ecological Design. He was co-founder of the Meadow Creek Project, which gave young people from urban areas experience of living and working close to nature.