Zoe Weil

Zoe Weil is the president of the Institute for Humane Education, www.HumaneEducation.org, which offers the first and only M.Ed. and M.A. programs in Humane Education and online programs for teachers, parents, and change agents. She is the author of Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life; Above All, Be Kind; and The Power and Promise of Humane Education. She has given a TEDx talk on solutionary education and blogs at www.zoeweil.com. Find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @ZoeWeil.

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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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Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 9:17am
Returning to School: Education for a Liveable Planet
Students and teachers are returning to school. I know few in either group who are genuinely excited at the prospect. This is a travesty and a tragedy.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 11:01am
Teaching: The Greatest Responsibility and Opportunity
In 1987 I taught several week-long humane education courses to twelve-year-olds in a summer program offered at the University of Pennsylvania. I’ve spoken about the experience of watching those kids turn into activists overnight through in my TEDx talk, “ The World Becomes What You Teach ,” but what I haven’t spoken about very often is the long-term impact of something as seemingly fleeting as a middle schooler’s summer course experience.
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Friday, June 17, 2011 - 2:13pm
To Solve Education Crisis We Must Refute Faulty Assumptions
Among the biggest challenges we face in “educational reform” are the many faulty assumptions that underlie our efforts to fix the problems we perceive in schools. Because we fail to deeply assess and evaluate these underlying assumptions, we continue to misunderstand the problems, propose answers to the wrong problems, or address only a portion of a much larger overall challenge.
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Friday, June 3, 2011 - 10:56am
No Controversy Allowed! On Getting Kicked Out of a Middle School
For twenty-five years I’ve been a humane educator, someone who teaches about the interconnected issues of human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection and encourages positive choicemaking and changemaking for a better world. These days, through my work at the Institute for Humane Education , I train others to be humane educators who can integrate critical global issues into their curricula and teaching, but periodically I still visit schools and give talks or teach classes.
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