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Defusing Environmental Education: An Evaluation of the Critique of the Environmental Education Movement

Institution: Lewis & Clark College Graduate School of Professional Studies

The growth of environmental education programs nationwide has been criticized – and in some places, blunted by restrictive state laws – by researchers who accuse such programs of bias against industry and for catastrophic interpretations of environmental threats. While some of the criticism can help the field improve, the leading critics weaken their case by focusing exclusively on texts without regard to what happens in the classroom. Moreover, the critics are frequently funded by sources that appear to have an ideological or commercial motiviation to minimize evidence of industrial damage to the environment.