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Pedagogy for Restoration

Addressing Social and Ecological Degradation through Education


David Krzesni

Pedagogy for Restoration seeks to understand the conditions leading to the destruction of Earth in order to discover pedagogy for restoration. As we degrade the planet we degrade ourselves and as we degrade ourselves we degrade the planet. Moral development and socialization significantly influence our participation in, construction of, or resistance to the systems of oppression that degrade us. The process of restorative education recognizes that humans are fundamentally good and moral and seeks to promote healthy moral development. We must help students meet their basic needs, center their own identities and experience, and simultaneously emphasize community and relationships to help them find a sense of purpose. These efforts facilitate social and ecological restoration by allowing students to reach a physical and emotional place that is conducive to learning and self-efficacy so that they may engage with whatever issues they find important in their own way and on their own terms.
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I acknowledge the Lummi Nation, Nooksack Tribe, and Yakama Nation, whose land I have occupied throughout the course of this project.

I would like to thank Gene Myers, Veronica Velez, and Kristen French for their inspiration, guidance, and support. I could never have written this book without them. I would also like to thank the entire Education and Social Justice community at Western Washington University. The stories, conversations, and experiences I shared with my peers in the university community have moved me more than they know.

I would like to deeply thank Sarah Detzer, Koreena Haynes, Orlando Garcia, Edgar Serrano, and all of the parents, volunteers, and youth involved with the Kulshan Creek Neighborhood Program. Furthermore, I want to thank the wonderful young people who attended Homework Club at Villa Santa Maria during of my time there. Getting to know and love the kids in these programs fueled this project and caused my passion and motivation to build a better world to grow exponentially.

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