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Zoe Weil’s New Book Calls for An Education Revolution

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 24, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection
The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/blog/2016/03/24/zoe-weils-book-calls-education-revolution/
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Zoe Weil holding her new book

How can we create a just, healthy, and humane world?

What is the path to developing sustainable energy, food, transportation, production, and other systems? What’s the best strategy to end poverty and ensure that everyone has equal rights? How can we slow the rate of extinction and restore ecosystems? How can we learn to resolve conflicts without violence and treat other people and nonhuman animals with respect and compassion?

The answer to all these questions lies with one underlying system—schooling.

On Monday, March 28, IHE President Zoe Weil is launching her latest book, The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries. The book offers a new approach to education, calling for a shift in the purpose of schooling as the strategic path for our children to create a just, healthy, and humane world for all beings and the earth.

Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace, says, “If we are putting hope for the future of our planet in our young people, then they must have the tools and feel empowered to take on the world’s greatest challenges. The World Becomes What We Teach offers such direction for the very educators who are working with these young people today. I applaud such efforts and hope to see many educators and young people alike gain important insight from what Zoe Weil offers in this book.”

Zoe believes that what is taught in schools, and how we value and support our educational institutions can be transformed by implementing three strategies:

  • Adopting a more relevant and meaningful purpose for schooling.
  • Making schools real-world and solutionary-focused.
  • Preparing teachers to educate their students to be solutionaries.

We at IHE are delighted that pre-press response to the book has been so enthusiastic. Here are just a couple of reactions:

“If you want to learn how we can create an education system and a world that is more humane, peaceful, equitable, and resilient, you must read this book. It might just cause you to reevaluate your assumptions about living and learning.” ~ Nikhil Goyal, author of Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Education Malpractice

“Zoe opens a doorway onto a new landscape for teaching, learning, the development of curriculum, and the purpose of schooling itself. Then she hands us a map, a GPS, and travel guide. This book, once well dog-eared and coffee-stained, should grace the shelves of any educator or transformational leader truly committed to children, the Earth, and a just, sustainable society.” ~ Khalif Williams, director, The Bay School

Watch Zoe introduce her new book:

 

Want to help spread the word? Join the Thunderclap campaign to give Zoe’s book launch a shout out on Monday.