I just submitted the following to Change.org, entering their contest on the best idea for changing America. If you find this to be a good idea, we at the Institute for Humane Education welcome your vote:
Currently, the primary goals of schooling are to graduate students who are verbally, mathematically and technologically literate and who are employable. We do not educate students to be conscientious choicemakers and engaged changemakers for a better world. Our idea is to transform the very purpose of schooling so that schools provide all students, in age appropriate ways, with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to be solutionaries for a better world through whatever careers they pursue. Students who learn about pressing global challenges; who are taught to apply foundational subjects such as math, science, language arts, and social studies toward creating practical solutions to today's problems; who engage in school solutionary teams (rather than just debate teams), and who know that their schooling is designed to prepare them to contribute to a healthy society will solve pervasive and entrenched problems by transforming unjust and destructive systems through whatever careers they ultimately pursue. This generation of solutionaries will become engineers and politicians, healthcare practitioners and entrepreneurs, educators and police officers, architects and builders, farmers and lawyers, but they will bring to these fields new ideas and approaches that create better, wiser, and more restorative and just systems within them. Within a single generation, this idea could set the stage for the complete transformation of every system that is destructive, exploitative, or violent into ones that are sustainable, humane, and peaceful.
Zoe Weil, President of the Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, The Power and Promise of Humane Education and Claude and Medea
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