The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries
Zoe Weil holds master’s degrees in theological studies and English literature and received an honorary doctorate in humanities. Her book, based on a 2010 TED talk, outlines components she and her Institute for Humane Education believe should comprise our educational system. Students would become solutionaries who create a more inclusive and peaceful world. They would use resources in a more responsible manner, taking into account animal rights and sustainability, which would purportedly lead to resolution of systemic problems.
Despite these lofty goals, the book ignores facts familiar to today’s public educators and smacks of private school education where resources are available to support special programs. Nowhere is solid information offered on how public school districts could support individualized curricula (based on Montessori) or “yoga, Aikido, and various forms of dance.”
Weil cites the founder of Khan Academy, who believes a less than perfect grade may indicate a student has not mastered the subject. It is unclear if Khan was referring to elementary, middle school, or high school students, but regardless, most students persevere through several progressively advanced classes before mastering any subject.
References to certificate programs affiliated with Institute for Humane Education appear throughout the book, making it seem more of a marketing platform than a work of academic significance.