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Solutionary Education Reform

Posted by Zoe Weil on Tue, Jul 3, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

Education is in the news these days, with feature-length documentaries such as “Waiting for Superman” and "Bully" at theaters alongside “Toy Story III” and "The Avengers." Tom Friedman at The New York Timescalls the education beat the most exciting one of our time for journalists. Never in my lifetime has education been such a hot topic. Yet, the conversation about education reform is so terribly missing the mark.

The gaping hole in the current debates about education is the failure to assess our ultimate goal. In “Waiting for Superman,” for example, the ultimate purpose of schooling — depicted almost farcically through cartoon images in the movie — is the better filling of each child’s head with information rather than the better cultivation of great critical and creative thinkers. As William Butler Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” Our current goal is anything but lighting a fire.

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Topics: what works in education, Forum Speakers, character education in curriculum, core values

What Graduates Really Need to Know

Posted by Zoe Weil on Thu, May 3, 2012 @ 12:05 PM

This excerpted blog article is reposted with permission from Zoe Weil, an honored and esteemed speaker at our upcoming National Forum on Character Education. It was originally posted here. Zoe was also recently featured in Forbes Magazine, discussing the heart of education.

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Topics: no child left behind, what works in education, Service learning, Forum Speakers, graduation