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The Purpose of Education — Meet Chris Thinnes

Written by Zoe Weil | 1 Comment | Published on May 13, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection
The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/blog/2013/05/13/purpose-education-meet-chris-thinnes/

Chris Thinnes

Image courtesy Curtis School.

I was recently introduced to educator Chris Thinnes’ work and writing through an essay he wrote for GOOD. Eager to learn more, I visited Chris’ blog and am now a huge fan. I wanted to share his great work and ideas with you.

Here’s a quote from one of his essays that I found particularly powerful, provocative and important:

“I wonder why we can’t together think more creatively, and generatively, about a dynamic vision of a future students can create, rather than a static vision of a marketplace they should simply service.”

This quote echoes our own questions at the Institute for Humane Education about the purpose of schooling, and our belief that we need to educate young people to be solutionaries for a better world, not simply competitors in the global economy.

We’ll be highlighting more of Chris’ great work and writing here at IHE, but do visit his site and learn more.

 

~ 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 TEDxDirigo talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach
My TEDxYouth@CEHS “How to Be a Solutionary”

 

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