Zoe Weil believes that what we commonly think of as the goal of education—preparing students for jobs in our economy—is a vision "too small and outmoded for today's world." Instead, she believes we should teach students to be conscious choice makers, "a generation of solutionaries" who can cope with the challenges of our changing, imperiled world.
Co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education, Weil emphasizes the need for an education system that provides people with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to change our economic system, not adapt themselves to it. She created the first Master of Education and Certificate Program in Humane Education in the U.S., covering the interconnected issues of human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection.
In this video, Weil discusses why her experiences as a humane educator have led her to believe that changing the way we teach is the key to solving the problems we face in the world today.
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