Educating for Humanity Rethinking the Purposes of Education

ISBN-10: 1594510652
ISBN-13: 9781594510656
Edition: 2006
Authors: Mike Seymour
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Description: The promise and necessity of working toward "a world for all" is a viable aspiration for education at a time when the worldwide crises in social justice, peace, democracy, and ecological integrity have become the defining issues of our times. Ample  More...

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Book details

List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/20/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The promise and necessity of working toward "a world for all" is a viable aspiration for education at a time when the worldwide crises in social justice, peace, democracy, and ecological integrity have become the defining issues of our times. Ample evidence from many schools today, and dating back throughout the last century, proves that the purpose of educating young people of character, compassion, and commitment is integral with the mastery of intellectual skills and life competencies. Self and school subjects develop interdependently. But, as the saying goes, "if you don't know where you're going, you'll probably get someplace else." Educational policy directions over the last twenty years have veered far away from the important work of educating for humanity. This book makes a powerful appeal to revisit educational purpose in light of what is most fundamental and important to human beings everywhere. The authors address timely issues such as high-stakes testing, school choice, and privatization of education in looking beyond these measures toward new approaches to educational excellence.

Mike Seymour is Director of The Heritage Institute, a progressive program of continuing education for K-12 teachers. Previously, Seymour was a family therapist treating children, couples and individuals, as well as an organizational consultant to schools and small businesses.

Foreword
Introduction: Educating for Humanity: Rethinking the Purposes of Education
The Great Work of Reconnecting to Self, Community, Earth and Spirit
Networks and the Web of Life: The Science Behind an Integral, Sustainable Culture
An Evolutionary Threshold: Calling on Humanity's "Double Wisdom"
Educating for Self: Being Called into Life
Authentic Living and Teaching: Rejoining Soul and Role
Mentoring the Genius of Our Youth: Watering the Seeds of the Future
Teachers: The Heart of Education
Downside Up: Getting Education Right
How Schools Can Empower Our Children
Educating for Authentic Community: Holding Space for the Heart
Caring as a Foundation for Learning
Creating a School Community
Community in School
The Bridges to Civility: Empathy, Ethics, Civics, and Service
Multicultural Education: Access, Equity, and Social Justice
Educating Global Citizens in a Diverse World
Educating for Earth: Future Generations and All of Life
Ethics and Ecology
Deciding for Life and Our Children's Future
Ecological Education: Extending the Definition of Environmental Education
Returning Home with Empty Hands
Educating for Spirit: The Quest for Heart, Character, and Meaning
A Vision of Schools with Spirit
Making Meaningful Connections in School
Making Space for the Mystery: Reawakening Life and Spirit in Teaching and Learning
Way of the Brave: An Indigenous Perspective on "Character Education"
Nourishing Soul in Secular Schools
Resources
Index
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