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Educating for Humanity : Rethinking the Purposes of Education - Mike Seymour

Educating for Humanity

Rethinking the Purposes of Education

Hardcover Published: 17th September 2004
ISBN: 9781594510649
Number Of Pages: 270

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At a time of profound crises around the world, when social justice, peace, democracy and the environment seem under increasing threat, the promise of "a world for all" seems a viable aspiration for education. Ample evidence from many schools today, and dating back throughout the last century, prove that the purpose of educating young people to develop character, compassion, purpose and commitment is integral with the mastery of intellectual skills and life competencies. Schooling, without a doubt, can play a monumental part in the development of the personal values people take with them to the world. Unfortunately, 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 to new approaches to educational excellence.

Forewordp. vii
Introduction: Educating for Humanity: Rethinking the Purposes of Educationp. 1
The Great Work of Reconnecting to Self, Community, Earth and Spiritp. 11
Networks and the Web of Life: The Science Behind an Integral, Sustainable Culturep. 17
An Evolutionary Threshold: Calling on Humanity's "Double Wisdom"p. 23
Educating for Self: Being Called into Lifep. 33
Authentic Living and Teaching: Rejoining Soul and Rolep. 41
Mentoring the Genius of Our Youth: Watering the Seeds of the Futurep. 48
Teachers: The Heart of Educationp. 60
Downside Up: Getting Education Rightp. 66
How Schools Can Empower Our Childrenp. 73
Educating for Authentic Community: Holding Space for the Heartp. 81
Caring as a Foundation for Learningp. 89
Creating a School Communityp. 97
Community in Schoolp. 103
The Bridges to Civility: Empathy, Ethics, Civics, and Servicep. 108
Multicultural Education: Access, Equity, and Social Justicep. 122
Educating Global Citizens in a Diverse Worldp. 128
Educating for Earth: Future Generations and All of Lifep. 133
Ethics and Ecologyp. 145
Deciding for Life and Our Children's Futurep. 155
Ecological Education: Extending the Definition of Environmental Educationp. 161
Returning Home with Empty Handsp. 175
Educating for Spirit: The Quest for Heart, Character, and Meaningp. 185
A Vision of Schools with Spiritp. 191
Making Meaningful Connections in Schoolp. 207
Making Space for the Mystery: Reawakening Life and Spirit in Teaching and Learningp. 217
Way of the Brave: An Indigenous Perspective on "Character Education"p. 224
Nourishing Soul in Secular Schoolsp. 230
Resourcesp. 237
Indexp. 253
About the Editorp. 259
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ISBN: 9781594510649
ISBN-10: 1594510644
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 17th September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47