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The Heart of Education: A Forbes Magazine Interview

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I’m delighted to share this interview that Michael Tobias did for Forbes Magazine highlighting the power of humane education! Here’s an excerpt from “The Heart of Education: A Discussion with Zoe Weil”:

Michael Tobias: In your opinion, why is humane education so important?

Zoe Weil: While there are many ways in which humanity is becoming less violent, less prejudiced, and less cruel, the reality of a warming planet with over 7 billion people and limited resources means we face potential economic, social, and environmental catastrophes. While every generation has faced its challenges, only in this century do we confront the possible loss of half of all species on earth, with the simultaneous breakdown of the ecosystems which sustain us all. At the same time, through the Internet, only in this century do we now have the capacity to work together across every border, and collaborate and innovate so quickly and powerfully. There is great and realistic hope that we can solve the challenges we face and transform dysfunctional, inhumane, and destructive systems, but we’ll be hard-pressed to succeed if children in school continue to be taught under centuries-old models, and if our grand purpose for schooling remains to “compete in the global economy,” which is the buzz phrase of our time regarding education reform.

Read the complete interview.

~ Zoe

About zoeweil

I'm the co-founder and President of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). IHE works to create a world in which we all live humanely, sustainably, and peaceably. We do this by training people to be humane educators who teach about the pressing issues of our time and inspire people to work for change while making healthy, humane, and restorative choices in their daily lives. We also work to advance the field of humane education, and to provide tools and inspiration to people everywhere so that they can live examined, meaningful lives. I'm also a writer. So far I've written six books and several articles.


3 thoughts on “The Heart of Education: A Forbes Magazine Interview

  1. Neat word: solutionaries. For sure, the world needs such dedicated people! I like the three C’s associated or in response to the three R’s! Hopefully being a responsible person and educator at least most of the time, humane education makes so much sense to me. I’m not one who thinks I can or should teach such topics as ethics or morality or humaneness. BUT I do think it is my responsibility to provide my students with situations within which they can consider these topics in terms of their beliefs.

    I’m also very much dedicated to effective learning – believing in such pedagogic options as flipped classrooms and PBL. Not only is humane education a key component of a responsible educational package, it is also very interdisciplinary and I believe provides broad opportunities for the use of these or similar pedagogies that promote the skills of effective learning on a topic of such importance.

    It is my intention to check out the Institute’s options. Having read earlier today that the president is considering environmental options, I’D SUGGEST HE CONSIDER THIS POSSIBILITY!

    Posted by John Bennett | April 26, 2012, 2:34 pm
  2. Thanks for your comment John! If you have a chance, please check out my TEDx talk, The World Becomes What You Teach – might be meaningful to you and your students:

    Posted by Zoe Weil | April 26, 2012, 2:50 pm
  3. I am fascinated by your program and your words. I completely agree that we must think about how to help our young people become global citizens – not global “workers.” I try to instill in my students Augusto Boal’s belief – “we are all actors. Being a citizen is not living in a society, it is changing it.” We need to challenge our young people to look at the world and find solutions to the issues that we as a world are facing. They are so creative and passionate, with very little direction and some facilitation – we can provide them with tools to critically examine and creatively explore the issues in the world today. I wish I could explore some of your coursework, but I am beginning my Masters in Applied Theatre this fall and the time and money isn’t there right now. Keep blogging and educating others!

    Posted by sngrlittle | April 27, 2012, 3:58 pm

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