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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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It is necessary to go beyond rebellious attitudes to a more radically critical and evolutionary position, which is in fact a position not simply of denouncing injustice but of announcing a new utopia. Transformation of the world implies a dialectic between two actions: denouncing the process of dehumanization and announcing the dream of a new society. (Freire, 1998, p. 74)

I found it imperative that I begin and end this project in a very personal way to communicate that this is not my book; this is myself. This work is imperfect because it is personal and in a sense it is little more than an exhaustively documented glimpse of the current stage in my own continuing development. I want to conclude by discussing the limitations of this work in an open way and in my own voice. Given the limitations and the incompleteness of this document, I reflect on the process I’ve been immersed in and conclude that the process has been valuable, but that I need to put what I’ve learned to work in a practical setting. ← 199 | 200 →


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