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Let’s Be the Best FOR the World Not IN the World

Written by Zoe Weil | Published on December 3, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection
The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/blog/2012/12/03/lets-be-the-best-for-the-world-not-in-the-world/
Image courtesy of erasmusa via Creative Commons.

For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent essay I wrote for Care2.com, an online community for people passionate about creating a better world. Here’s an excerpt from “Let’s Be the Best FOR the World Not IN the World”:

“Almost every time I do [the True Price] activity at U.S. teachers’ conferences, some audience members feel flummoxed by the challenge of bringing such an activity into their curricula. Forced to teach to seemingly endless standardized tests, many cannot see how such a multidisciplinary, critical and creative thinking activity could fit into the requirements they must fulfill, even though the exploration of these items and the process of answering these questions can fit beautifully and powerfully into language arts, science, math, health and social studies courses. Exploring such questions can also become an elective or add greater educational meaning and purpose to courses in economics, geography, psychology, environmental science, ethics and more.

In Manitoba, there were no such questions, no such quandaries. Prior to arriving at the conference, I had perused the ministry of education’s website, discovering this mission statement: ‘Our role is to ensure that all of Manitoba’s children and youth have access to engaging and high quality education that prepares them for lifelong learning and participation in a socially just, democratic and sustainable society.’”

Read the complete essay.

~ Zoe

Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDxConejo talk: “Solutionaries”
My TEDxDirigo talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach
My TEDxYouth@BFS “Educating for Freedom”

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