Zoe Weil answers the question, “What is humane education?”

These definitions are taken from a recent blog post of Weil’s. For the complete post, go here: http://zoeweil.com/2013/06/06/what-is-humane-education-8-answers/

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1. Humane education is based on the premise that if we address the root system underlying all other systems—schooling—we can transform unjust and unsustainable systems wherever they occur and solve the challenges we face in the world.

2. Humane education is a field of study that explores the connections between all forms of oppression and exploitation—whether to people, animals, or the environment—and seeks to inspire solutions that are healthy for all.

3. Humane education helps students put core values of kindness, empathy, generosity, respect, responsibility, and integrity into practice in a complex, globalized world in which our daily choices affect people, animals, and ecosystems across the planet.

4. Humane education cultivates critical and creative thinking and problem-solving so that complicated issues are perceived in all their complexity, and answers to persistent challenges are addressed holistically.

5. As Matt Hummel, a student in our graduate program, said, “Humane education answers the questions nobody is asking.”

6. Humane education turns students into solutionaries who are knowledgeable and empowered to ensure that the systems within their future professions are just, sustainable, and compassionate.

7. Humane education is itself humane: engaging, inspiring, exciting, meaningful, and relevant to students’ lives and futures.

8. Humane education is the best hope for a healthy and peaceful world.

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