Zoe Weil

Zoe Weil is the president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), which offers online graduate degrees in comprehensive Humane Education; solutionary-focused programs and workshops; and an award-winning free resource center. Zoe has given six TEDx talks including her acclaimed “The World Becomes What You Teach.” She is the author of numerous books, including: The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries (2016); Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life; Above All, Be Kind; The Power and Promise of Humane Education; and Claude and Medea (2007). Zoe is the recipient of the Unity College Women in Environmental Leadership award and was a subject of the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series. Find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @ZoeWeil.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 1:15pm
Empathy + Thinking = Wise Action
In a recent video from The Atlantic , Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom argues that empathy is a fundamentally bad thing that makes the world worse. Bloom believes empathy leads us to make less rational decisions. If a child is trapped in a dangerous mine, our empathy compels us to harness great...
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Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 11:15am
Civil Discourse Leads to Positive Change; Insults Do Not
In the past week I’ve seen a grotesque image of Donald Trump as a pig centaur trending on Facebook, and an open letter inviting FB friends to de-friend them if they support Trump. I’ve seen Hillary called every name in the book (newest: Killary), while Bernie is regularly called a communist. No one...
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 1:15pm
From Good Works to Good Ideas: Educating the #SolutionaryGeneration
Kids are doing all sorts of good works these days. More often than not their efforts are focused on: 1) Raising money for charities 2) Collecting and providing food and essentials to the poor, and/or 3) Participating in local clean-up efforts to protect neighborhood environments. Such efforts are...
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Friday, January 29, 2016 - 8:45am
Teacher Suspended for Showing Students Footage of Animal Abuse: What Should Have Happened Instead
Michael Fields, a science teacher in the Au Gres school system in Arenac County, Michigan, recently showed his fifth grade students an undercover video produced by Mercy for Animals (MFA). Depicting horrific cruelty toward pigs and piglets in a facility providing meat for Tyson Foods, the video...
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Friday, June 15, 2012 - 12:19pm
An Open Thank You Letter to Teachers
Dear Teachers,
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Friday, April 13, 2012 - 12:01pm
50 Words You Should NOT Say on a Standardized Test
In my essay, No Controversy Allowed , I shared a story about having an assembly program cancelled at a middle school because in my first assembly presentation that morning I agreed with a student that war was a problem and because I mentioned a few apparently “unacceptable” words in my talk (such as healthcare and illegal immigrants).
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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 11:15am
Politicians’ Failures of Generosity
In 1984, I worked for a short time as a Greenpeace canvasser in Washington, DC. Walking door to door to gain signatures on petitions and dollars for Greenpeace, I grew to dread the nights that I was sent to the wealthy suburbs. While I was a good canvasser, often netting double or triple quota in an evening, those particular neighborhoods were a desert for a Greenpeace canvasser.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 10:54am
Localization v. Globalization: A False Dichotomy
The economic localization movement is growing. Locavores have become widespread, with the “100 mile diet” representing the new eco-conscious food trend.
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Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 11:44am
Don't Wait for Supermen, Foster Solutionaries
Three things happened this year in the world of education reform. The controversial documentary films Waiting for Superman and Race to Nowhere came out and became widely viewed and discussed, and Finland’s success at achieving the number one spot in educational outcomes (as measured by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development PISA report comparing the academic achievements of 15-year-olds in 57 countries) gained widespread attention.
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Friday, September 16, 2011 - 3:26pm
iSchool? Why There's No Technological Fix to Ailing Education
At a recent conference, I met a woman who was ecstatic about the new Auburn, Maine program which is providing all Kindergartners with iPads. At first, I thought she was joking. While the goal sounds positive – to better teach these children so they will more easily and readily learn their letters in a district where approximately 40% of third graders have not achieved literacy standards – after watching some news reports and reading some articles about the program, I found myself quite troubled.
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