Book urges shift in purpose of schooling; students must become ‘solutionaries’

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The recent launch of Zoe Weil’s  book, The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries (Lantern Books), has inspired educators to bring solutionary-focused education into their schools.

So far, more than 300 books have been purchased by public schools in Princeton, NJ, the DC-based Lab School, NYC Eco-Schools, and for Peace Sites sponsored by World Citizen. The Institute for Humane Education (IHE) is working with school leaders to bring solutionary-focused education to students through teacher professional development and participation in its Solutionary Congress Program (SCP) pilot.

“Education should empower students to become compassionate, positive change agents who problem-solve to create just, humane, and sustainable societies. If adopted nationwide, the solutionary-focused educational model could potentially impact 60 million U.S. students, transforming our educational system and world,” said Emily Fano, senior manager, Eco-Schools USA, a program of the National Wildlife Federation in Surry, Maine.

Practical ideas

Weil’s book calls for a shift in the purpose of schooling, and offers practical ideas to prepare children for their critical roles as solutionaries: people with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to create a more just, healthy, and humane world for all.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with educators to offer students the opportunity for devising meaningful, practical, and visionary solutions to the challenges we face in the world,” said Zoe Weil, IHE president. “This is just the beginning of a far-reaching shift to make education ever more relevant to students and the world they will inherit.”

IHE has been asked to collaborate with schools to bring solutionary-focused education to middle and high school students through participation in IHE’s SCP, which is described in Weil’s book. Through the SCP teams of students create practical solutions to real-world problems affecting people, animals, and the earth, presenting their solutions to a panel of judges, including local legislators, media, and social entrepreneurs who can implement the most viable ideas. As part of the two-year Solutionary Congress Program pilot, IHE is working with a cohort of diverse schools in the US and abroad, with plans for a more extensive launch in 2018.

About Zoe Weil

Zoe Weil is co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE). In addition to The World Becomes What We Teach, she is the author of Nautilus Silver Medal winner, Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life (2009), The Power and Promise of Humane Education (2004), and Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times (2003). She has also written books for young people, including Moonbeam Gold Medal winner, Claude and Medea (2007), and So, You Love Animals: An Action-Packed, Fun-Filled Book to Help Kids Help Animals (1994). Weil has written numerous articles and book chapters on humane education and sustainable living and speaks regularly around the world about education and creating a healthy and just world for all. – PRNewswire

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