Zoe Weil on Educating a Generation of Solutionaries

Key Points

  • A solutionary is not the same as a problem solver. They bring an ethical component and strive to ensure there are no negative consequences.

  • We do students a disservice if we don’t allow them to create change. 

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Rebecca Midles is joined by Zoe Weil, co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education, and a pioneer in the comprehensive humane education movement.

She is also the author of the book The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries, as well as numerous other books and TED Talks.

A solutionary is somebody who can identify unsustainable unjust and inhumane systems and then develop solutions that do the most good and the least harm, for everybody and by everybody. I mean all people other species and the environment.

Zoe Weil


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