Zoe Weil on Humane Education
I suspect most of you are familiar by now with Ted.com and their Ted talks or "Ideas Worth Spreading". Zoe Weil, author of The Power and Promise of Humane Education and Above All Be Kind recently spoke at the first TEDxDirigo conference in Maine. Her talk was entitled "The World Becomes What You Teach".
I found the "true price" example that she uses in her talk, where she takes a typical t-shirt and looks at the impact of its manufacture on the environment, human rights, animal rights, climate, and so on, to be very thought-provoking. I know that many of my kids' teachers do incorporate this type of exercise into their classroom teaching, and I've seen firsthand how effective it can be. My oldest son didn't eat meat for over a year after a unit on animal testing in Grade 6, which suited me fine as I'm also vegetarian.
But this type of teaching can be controversial too. Opponents find it threatening to the status quo. Some parents want to protect their children from tough and painful issues at a young, impressionable age. What are your thoughts? Please share them in the comments below!