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The Community Action Project Learning in and for Community

Publication Date: 
February 2007

Education should change the way that we live. The planetary crisis--of cli­mate change, depleted energy resources, air and water pollution, species ex­tinction, violence, poverty, HIV/ AIDS etc-requires a radical shift from education that is narrowly confined to the classroom to one that places stu­dents in community. Education that is solely an indoor activity, using Orr's term (2006) produces graduates who often know much about their world but do not act to change their world. If the goal of education is to prepare stu­dents to change/improve the conditions in their world or, as Miller (2005) posits, to serve a social purpose then a greater connectivity between class­rooms and community is necessary. 

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