About Zoe Weil

Zoe is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education She's the author of several books, including Most Good, Least Harm; Above All, Be Kind; and The Power and Promise of Humane Education. See her TEDx talk, "The World Becomes What You Teach": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5HEV96dIuY

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Becoming a Solutionary Thinker Means Becoming a Systems Thinker

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on February 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil Because life in our world – both ecological and societal – is dependent upon interconnected systems, to be a solutionary it is also essential to become a systems thinker, able to identify… More

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Teacher Suspended for Showing Students Footage of Animal Abuse: What Should Have Happened Instead

Written by Zoe Weil | 3 Comments | Published on February 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

This blog post was originally published on Common Dreams. Reposted here under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. by Zoe Weil Michael Fields, a science teacher in the Au Gres school system in Arenac County,… More

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We Must Shift the Purpose of Schooling

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on January 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil In the United States the current purpose of schooling (2016) is expressed in the mission statement at the U.S. Department of Education website: to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness… More

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Transforming Education is Key to Creating a Better World

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on January 21, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil I believe that it’s possible to create a just, healthy, and humane world; to develop sustainable energy, food, transportation, production, construction, and other systems; to end poverty; and to ensure that everyone… More

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The World Needs Solutionaries – Help Us Educate More of Them

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on December 30, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil The world needs solutionaries—people who have the knowledge and skills to create a more just, humane, and sustainable planet. As fellow humane educators and changemakers, you know that our future depends on… More

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Be the Campfire, Not the Forest Fire

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on December 24, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Zoe Weil There’s a metaphor I like to use when talking to fellow activists and changemakers. I ask them to imagine two fires. The first is a campfire in an opening in the… More

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Thinking Critically About Our Beliefs

Written by Zoe Weil | 4 Comments | Published on August 17, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil Most of us know how important it is to think critically, and most of us probably think we’re decent critical thinkers. Humane educators in particular pride ourselves on good critical thinking. After… More

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Fostering Kindness, Graduating Solutionaries: An Interview with Zoe Weil

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on December 18, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

How can we foster kinder, more humane behavior? What does it mean to be kind if your choices cause others to suffer? Where should students’ brain space go? IHE president Zoe Weil addresses these issues… More

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Turning a Bump on a Flight into $35,000

Written by Zoe Weil | 1 Comment | Published on October 20, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

I spent last week in meetings for the preK-12 Solutionary School that the Institute for Humane Education is planning to open in New York City in 2016. This project is so exciting, and I’m convinced… More