TEDxDirigo – Zoe Weil – The World Becomes What You Teach
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TEDxDirigo – Zoe Weil – The World Becomes What You Teach


Translator: Tarsila Murguia Morales
Reviewer: Ariana Bleau Lugo When I was fifteen I asked William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek series, to kiss 5000 people at a Star Trek convention. (Laughter) Now back then, Star Trek was probably the most important thing in my life. And like a lot of psychologists and sociologists at the time, who were trying to understand the Star Trek phenomenon, I wanted to understand it too. I wanted to understand why this show and why these characters were so
profoundly important to me that I would be willing to publicly humiliate
myself as a 15 year old. Well, I’ve given it a lot of thought and I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason why Star Trek has so many millions of fans is because of the future that it depicts. A future in which we’ve solved our earthly problems. Our nations are at peace, our planet is alive and thriving, we’re no longer myopic, and mean spirited, we’re part of the United Federation of Planets, – (Laughter) and we’re actually explorers without being conquerors. That vision has actually kept me going when I felt my most despondent about the state of the world, which is easy to do, in the face of global warming, and escalating world wide slavery, and alarming rates of species extinction, and war, and poverty, and genocide, and institutionalized forms of oppression and cruelty towards both people and animals in a host of industries. It is very hard to imagine that we can actually create that Star Trek future. It seems so “pie in the sky”. And yet, I’ve spent my whole adult life working toward that future. And I’ve discovered the solution, and I’m going to share it with you today. There’s actually just one system that we just need to tweak a little bit, and if we do that, we can solve every problem in the world. And that key system is schooling. Now, there’s a deafening silence in the room. (Laughter) Because I realize that the word schooling is probably the most uninspiring word in the English language. But that’s because we have a very small perception of what schooling can be. If we ask people, “What’s the purpose of schooling?”, most of them are going to say something like this, “Well, it’s to provide the basics of verbal, mathematical and scientific literacy, so that our graduates can find jobs and compete in the global economy.” So let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s imagine that every child graduates from high school, and does so, having passed their “No Child Left Behind” test with flying colors. And let’s imagine further that every single one of them is able to find a decent job, paying a livable wage, or go to college and find such a job, or go to college and graduate school and find such a job, so that we have 100% employment. Would we think that we have been successful in our goals for schooling? I think that most of us would say, “Yes”. The problem is that many of those graduates, would go on to perpetuate and perhaps even exacerbate some of those problems that I just mentioned earlier. The problem is that that purpose is too small, and it’s outmoded for today’s world. We need a bigger vision for the purpose of schooling. And I believe that it should be this: that we provide every student with the knowledge, the tools and the motivation to be conscientious choice makers and engaged change-makers for a restored and healthy and humane world for all. Or another way of putting it, I believe that we need to graduate a generation of solutionaries. (Applause) Now, some people have asked, “Well, is this good for kids? And is it really fair to them, to burden them with the responsibility to fix all the problems that generations before them have created?” Well, to answer those questions, I want to tell you some stories about my experience as a humane educator, somebody who teaches about the interconnected issues of human rights, and environmental preservation, and animal protection. I became a humane educator back in 1987 when I was looking for a summer job. And I found this program that was offering week-long courses to middle school students in Philadelphia. So that’s were I taught my first humane education courses. And I watch in amazement as these kids were transformed over the course of a week. In one case, over-night. I taught about product testing on animals one day, and I talked about how soaps and lotions and oven cleaners are squeezed into the eyes of conscious rabbits, and forced fed them in quantities that kill. And a boy from the class went home that night and he made his own homemade leaflets about product testing. Well, he came into class the next morning and he show them to me and he asked if he can hand them out. I said, sure, I thought he wanted to hand them out to his fellow classmates. He wanted to hand them out on the street. So while the rest of us were having lunch, he was on the Philadelphia street corner handing out his leaflets. He’d become an activist over-night. Actually, several of the kids in that class, became activists. Two of them formed a Philadelphia area wide student group that went on to win awards for their great work. Well, that was the summer I realized that I’d found my life’s work as a humane educator, and I went on to form a humane education program where I brought presentations and courses into schools. And there was one school, a public high school, where I did an after-school course. And there was a boy in the class named Mike. He was a senior. He always sat near the front. He was really smart. He always played devil’s advocate, which I loved because I want my students to be critical thinkers about all else. In fact, I often begin presentations by telling students, “Don’t believe a word I say.” Well, I still worried about Mike. I worried whether or not I was really reaching him. Because he never had an emotional response to any of the issues that we were discussing, and there were some pretty intense issues. Well, on the last day of class I decided to do a rather unconventional activity called the “council of all beings”, where I invited the students to become through their imaginations, another being, whether a part of nature or another animal or another person, and then just speak as this being, and talk about what’s happening to them, and talk about what they want to change, and share their wisdom. So I was really worried. How is Mike is going to react to this kind of touchy-feely activity? But my fears were totally unfounded. Mike had become the ocean. And when he spoke, poetry just poured out of his mouth. I was stunned. When the activity was over, that was the end of the course. We were saying our goodbyes and Mike said, “Thank you, Zoe. When I look back at high school, this is what I’m gonna remember.” So yes, I believe this form of education is good for kids. Is it fair to them? Well, to answer that question I want to tell you another story. A couple of years ago, I was asked to be the speaker at the National Honor Society Induction at a local high school. And I did an activity with the audience called “true price”, in which we look at an everyday object like bottled water or a fast food cheese burger, and ask what is the true price of this item on ourselves as individuals, on other people, on other species, and on the environment? Well, that particular day I did “true price” with a T-shirt. And I’m gonna do a little bit of this activity with you. So, what are the effects both positive or negative of this item on me as a consumer, on other people, on animals and on the environment? Well, questions like those could be somebody’s dissertation. So to answer them today I’m just going to scratch the surface. Well, the first thing I need to do to answer those questions is look to the item itself. So I’m gonna look at the label and see what it has to tell me. Well, I found out when I looked at this label that is a 100% cotton. It’s made in China. And I learned how to launder it. I also learned that it’s dry cleanable, in case I would like to spend 6 dollars to clean my T-shirt. So, that doesn’t tell me very much, I’m gonna have to dig a little bit deeper. And if I do some research into cotton and cotton T-shirts, I’m gonna find out that cotton is a crop that is heavily sprayed with pesticides, many of which are toxic and we know they’re toxic because of the incredibly cruel tests that were done on animals to test them. We also discover that many of those pesticides end up polluting our soil and our waterways. Now, if I find out a little bit more about cotton I will come across some information that it’s estimated that a third of cotton is produced in Uzbekistan where by another estimate, there are 1 million children working in those fields as slaves. Now that cotton, after it’s grown, has to be turned into cloth and then it has to be dyed ’cause it didn’t get to be this red color out of the ground. So if I do some research on the dye I discover that many of those dyes are also toxic and also wind up in our water stream because about 30% of the dye doesn’t adhere to the cotton, and it winds up in the water. Then, of course the cloth has to go somewhere to be turned into a T-shirt. We know that it went to China, so if we did a little research on Chinese garment factories we would discover that many of them are essentially sweatshops, where people are working exceedingly long hours under terrible working conditions. And then finally it’s going to be transported using lots of fossil fuels so that I can buy it. So, those are just some of the effects and some of the negative effects. The positive ones are a little bit easier to see. We know that even if there was slave labor involved in this it certainly did contribute to a lot of people having jobs, and it’s produced in a way that’s inexpensive, so that I can get lots of these in all different colors and shapes and styles, some of which might look cute on me which might make me feel good about myself. So there are some positive effects. Now, we ask two other important questions in “true price”. We ask, “What alternatives would do more good and less harm in this conventional product, and what are the systems that would need to be transformed in order to make those alternatives ubiquitous?” Well, after the talk was over, a colleague of mine asked one of the inductees what she thought of it? And she said that it made her really angry because, this is a quote, “We should’ve been learning this since kindergarten”. I agree. So in answer to the question, “Do I think that it’s fair to provide this form of education to our students?” I actually think it’s unfair not to provide the knowledge and the skills to our students, to our children so that they can be solutionaries for a better world. Now, let’s say we were to actually embrace this larger purpose for schooling. What would our schools look like? Well, first of all, any of these objects could be a course in a school. And would be a course that would be relevant to our students lives and their future and their health and the health of their planet. And all of the basics would serve that course, because in the process of answering those questions we would be studying math and science, and history and social studies, and economics, and politics, and language arts and many other subjects. We could have overarching themes for each year of school, one year it might be food and water, another year it could be energy and transportation, another year it could be buildings and structures, another year it could be protection and conflict resolution. We can’t live without all of those things. So, what if the basics were in service to figuring out how we could make all of those systems as humane and sustainable and peaceful and just as possible? Last year I was driving my car and I was listening to NPR on the radio, and there was a report about an Oxford style debate that was being conducted at the New York University. And the subject of the debate was this question, “Is the United States responsible for Mexico’s drug woes?” I remember sitting in my car thinking, “That’s really a bizarre question. Because how could anything as complicated as Mexico’s drug woes be reduced to an either-or question about another nation’s culpability?” It seemed a bizarre question. But it got me thinking about all the debate teams in all the schools where kids are arbitrarily asigned one side or another of a fabricated either-or scenario, and they are taught to research it, and they’re told to argue it and win. To what end? What if instead of having debate teams, we had solutionary teams? We had students tackling problems and competing – we love to do that – but we have them competing about who could come up with the most viable, cost effective, innovative solutions to those problems. Those problems could be ones in their own school, they could be ones on their community, they could be ones that are global problems. And those students could compete within their schools, and then they could compete with other local schools, and then they could go to states. And then, the really brilliant ideas, we could implement them. (Laughter) Imagine what would happen. Imagine what would happen if we embraced this vision of schooling. What would our graduates go on to do? Well, they would do the same that graduates do today. They’d be business people, and healthcare providers and plumbers and engineers and architects, and beauticians and politicians. The difference would be, they would perceive themselves as solutionaries. They would know that it was their responsibility to ensure that the systems within their profession were just and humane and peaceful. Why? Because that is what they would have learned in school. And if we were to succeed in actually embracing this vision, and if we were to succeed in educating a generation of solutionaries then there is no doubt in my mind that we could solve every single problem that we face, and we would watch that happen rapidly and inexorably by this generation of solutionaries. And then, perhaps, that Star Trek world that I and so many millions of people long for, could actually come to pass. Thank you very much. (Applause)

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98 thoughts on “TEDxDirigo – Zoe Weil – The World Becomes What You Teach

  1. This video is many things. For parents and educators, it delivers an inspiring and vitally important message about what schooling can – and should do. For all of us, it is a riveting reminder that every new day is a chance to look a little more closely, think a little more critically, act with compassion and strive to be the change we want to see — and the best human beings we can be.

  2. Zoe Weil is a visionary. She has changed so many lives, including my own. So glad she did this TED talk. Next stop: White House and Congress? Hope so!

  3. Zoe: Have you mentioned your plan to Obama or even the First Lady? Seems to be the best idea I've heard in a VERY long time. I certainly hope your audience was full of teachers! I for one, will do what I can within my own profession to become more of a solutionary! Thanks for broadening my thinking. We all need it ….. no matter how environmentally, socially and ethically responsible we think we are!

  4. Brilliant. Eloquently expressed! Thanks Zoe. I'll be sure and share this with friends and local elected officials in my community. In the words of Jean Luc in another Star Trek century …. Make it so!

  5. Great talk Zoe….I am watching it while sitting outside in the desert surrounded by a kirgillion birds and mountains…..I recommend that everyone sit outside and breath and watch this…..And, on a shallower note, you look beautiful in this 🙂

  6. Brilliant presentation – thank you! I have been saying for many years that, in addition to the old 3 R's, there should be a 4th – Respect. Not just for each other and ourselves, but for the planet and its other inhabitants. We need to teach children as early as possible that respect is key to our progress and our survival.

  7. Has IHE thought about doing a national public charter school movement to establish schools that aim to graduate a generation of "solutionaries?" I am sure quite a few parents, and kids, would be excited about such an opportunity. Thanks for a great talk. And the hope.

  8. Very lovely and sincere woman with a hypnotic sort of a lilting delivery. She’s completely unrealistic though and I don’t think she’d last too long on Kirk’s or Picard’s enterprise. Still…it’s nice to see something intelligent on YouTube now and again!

  9. Well I think that striving for that startrek future is pretty silly. Especially when we know that times are getting worse and they are predestined to get even more evil. The problem is not what you teach, (in some cases it will influence a lot thats a given) but the problem is human nature. Human nature is evil whether you teach a kid right or wrong, his or her nature will pull them towards evil nonetheless, only rescue from that is God.

  10. Solutionaries. Yessss. The world has always had them and today we have more of them thinking and dreaming of radical solutions than ever before. People like Zoe are needed simply to help these folks to see that that are "playing" on a very large team. Zoe, you have a very simple and yet a very powerful message. Thanks.

  11. @ZoeWeil PART 1: Oh…I didn’t mean to come off like a nasty guy! No “crushing” intended, LOL. Would you, settle for Janeway’s ship? I don’t believe in man made global warming. For every source you can site proving it I can site a source disproving it. I think testing on animals for cosmetic or recreational products is unconscionable. While I also don’t like it for medical purposes I reluctantly concede that if it’s necessary for the development (more)

  12. @ZoeWeil PART 2: of drugs that can save our mothers and fathers and siblings and other loved ones then I must be done. I would hope and expect that these types of test would be carried out as humanely as possible. Other than that I don’t really disagree with anything you put forth in this lecture but I just don’t think our species is as selfless and concerned as your ideals require. And I Would LOVE to be proven wrong!

  13. small transcript: 1:44| in the face of global warming, and escalating worldwide slavery, and alarming rates of species extinction, and war and poverty and genocide, and institutionalized forms of oppression and cruelty toward both people and animals in a host of industries, it is very hard to imagine that we can actually create that star trek future. it seems very pie in the sky. | 2:08 | and yet I've spent my whole adult life working toward that future

  14. 2:15
    and, I discovered the solution and I'm going to share it with you today. There's actually just one system that we just need to tweak a little bit. And if we do that, we can solve every problem in the world. And that key system is: schooling.

    2:37
    Now, there's a definite silence in the room. Because I realize that the world schooling is probably the most uninspiring word in the English language. But that's because we have a very small perception of what schooling can be.

  15. If we asked people, "What's the purpose of schooling? " most of them are going to say something like this: Well it's to provide the basics of verbal, mathematical, and scientific literacy, so that our graduates can find jobs and compete in the global economy.

    3:14
    So let's do a thought experiment. Let's imagine that every child graduates from high school and does so having passed their No Child Left Behind tests with flying colors.

  16. and let's imagine further that every single one of them is able to find a decent job paying a liveable wage, or go to college and find such such a job, or go to college and graduate school and find such a job, so that we have 100% employment. Would we think that we had been successful in our goals for schooling? Well I think that most of us would say yes.

  17. 3:52

    The problem is that many of those graduates would go on to perpetuate and perhaps even exacerbate some of the problems that I just mentioned earlier. The problem is that that purpose is too small and it's outmoded for today's world.

  18. We need a bigger vision for purpose of schooling, and I believe that it should be this: That we provide every student with the knowledge, the tools, and the motivation to be conscientiousness choicemakers and engaged changemakers for a restored and healthy and humane world for all. Or another way of putting it. I believe that we need to graduate a generation of solutionaries. 4:44

  19. BRILLIANT! Zoe's idea would change school from being boring, to interesting and meaningful, while still teaching the usual fundamentals. And it would actually lead to a better world!

  20. We read an TFK article in class today about an elementary that reused 2200 pounds of Mardi Gras beads and turned them into artwork. My immediate focus went to the students of this school. I don't know who actually came up with the idea but I still believed in what I said to them. I told them that children are creative. That if they think they couldn't solve a problem, they were wrong. Children are the best at it and that they should give it a try sometime.

  21. AHAHAHA LIFE AIN'T THAT SIMPLE WOMAN. Anyone inspired by this is probably her age and paart of that lovely generation thatmessedthing up and now wants to tell everyone what to do.allllot of easy answers making this woman money and all you inspired fools are suckers. SCHOOL TUITION IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS OF THIS MESSED UP ECONOMY. All you animal humpers have given up on humanity because you did your damage and now want it to stop staring you in the eyes. resourcebasedeconomyisonlysolution

  22. Wow, Zoe, you continue to inspire me…this time for your tolerance. I wouldn't have even graced that drivel with a response, much less one written so thoughtfully. You don't want to know what mine would have said!

  23. Anyone that hands there time out for free is definatly worth recognition, I do so as well. However that is completely an off topic response. You are an intelligent writer/speaker to make my comments look 'mean but not so mean.'Unfortunatly it's that sit on both sides of the fence attitude that easily attracts followers and deep down comes from a mind that understands manipulation very well. And in essence all negative's in the world can be devolved to the source of man's manipulation of evrythin

  24. Hence my biggest problem with this speech. This woman reaks of self righeousness and t see no difference between this and a con artist who scams an elderly peson of there savings. The only solution is simple people it has happened time and time again in human history, revolution.Revolution by no leader or idea but by the people and when all is said and done and the crooks are ousted then it is time for these types of speeches. Anything in between is selfish and a scam because there is no change

  25. There ar too many answers for the problems of today that it makes it way too complex. Get to the source. The source of most human prblems all began when some fool said a shinny piece of rock (gold) was more valuable than a tomatoe that feeds your family.

  26. Thank you for putting into words what I've been thinking for so long, Zoe. MOGO should be common sense, but alas, as we can see by some of the comments here, it is not. I guess there's nothing common about common sense, at least not yet.

  27. Thank you, you have given me further inspiration in homeschooling my children. They already garden, recycle and preach good stewardship with my husband and me, but I can't wait to see them change the world. I think we will be adding a 'real cost' lesson in every week.

  28. I love the idea of this and like other respondents have forwarded this speech to some of the teachers at my children's school. But with the regard to the true price of the T-shirt (I would have said 'cost') I can't agree that one of the benenfits is that it was produced cheaply so Zoe can buy more. One of the 'solutions' for our age must be for people to pay more & buy less. Pay for quality, cleaner manufacturing, better wages for workers etc. Buy less quantity & less pollution, less waste.

  29. Thanks for responding to my comment. You hit a raw nerve of mine (rampant overconsumption & waste) so I completely missed the fact that your tongue was indeed 'in your cheek.' Thanks for pointing that out. I purchased you book last night and look forward to reading it.

  30. This is already happening at Waldorf schools around the world! Education for the body, mind and soul – really outstanding and the graduates are some of the best people on the planet. Check it out. We are at Waldorf School of Orange County and LOVE it.

  31. @ZoeWeil Great that you are familiar with Waldorf, I shouldn't be surprised given your mission. I can't speak too much about the lower school, but I've just started teaching High School Physics, Math and Science at WSOC and I have to say that for our campus anyway – we have and do put a tremendous emphasis on who we are in relationship to the rest of the world (universe – in Astronomy – yay Star Trek!), but I would love to hear some of your specific ideas on how to help create problem-solvers.

  32. @ZoeWeil If I send an email to you through the website contact us page will it reach you? A few questions & ideas… =)

  33. @ZoeWeil forgot my critique…something along the lines of getting public schools to incorporate this way of education would be difficult, and teaching things such as "creativity"…how exactly do you plan on teaching that?

  34. @ZoeWeil As a twenty-one year old trainee Secondary Mathematics teacher in the UK, this talk was especially relevant to me! I am a total idealist and I love the way you have refused to bow down to the 'school of thought' that says because education is as universal as it has ever been, the quality of it is as good as it could be. In particular, I appreciate your concept of the overarching themes and in (seemingly isolated) subjects like mathematics, this could actually even raise attainment as…

  35. … pupils will be more motivated, engaged and energised in, for instance, apparently cumbersome work involving data handling, because there could be a synthesis between the raw mathematical skills needed to comprehend the data and the linguistic and political interpretations that can be brought out in presenting that data. (If the data concerned human rights, GDP of countries etc. rather than the number of marbles 'John' threw!!) All in all I appreciate the talk and will share it with my peers!

  36. Zoe – one year later and this talk still resonates deeply with me. Thank you so much for the concept of SOLUTIONARIES.

  37. Wow!!! You're amazing! I, too, was a huge Star Trek fan. But you articulate so well why I thought the show was important to me and why I enjoyed it so much. I am an educator. I will use your insights and your passion to inform my teaching. Thank you so very much.

  38. Attention junky is why. KEEP this 'person; as far away from ANY form of power over OTHER PEOPLE as is physically and mentally possible. This is insane. Get a JOB. Mind your own business. There are NO SOLUTIONS…which are not IMPOSITIONS AND PROPEGANDA forced onto individuals who have apriori right to do their world with THEIR philosophy….NOT YOUR PROPOGANDA…..this video is absolutely horrendous.

  39. Adults can't agree on how to solve the world's problems. Hell, we can barely agree on whether something IS a problem. What makes Weil think we can teach these to kids.
    Her anecdotal evidence is also lacking. Find those kids ten years later and then we can have a discussion about how they are doing. Even if they are all activists, they might be activists in a cause that's causing more harm than good, like the anti-GMO movement.

  40. Thanks from the heart, Zoe. You are an inspiration. "Solutionaries" is a whole new word with a whole lot of meaning!

    Live Long and Prosper!

  41. Very inspiring Zoe! I share your dream of empowering our youth through education. I think another important thing to address in looking at some of our destructive and non-sustainable systems is "who is benefiting or profiting the most?" from them, and how can we get those who are profiting on board for change? Thanks for the inspiring talk! Peace, Linda

  42. Interesting talk. Unfortunately, institutions are imperfect actors. I am not comfortable handing my children over to some hired hand (teacher) to handle their moral education. That is my responsibility. I have encountered too many incompetent teachers in my time (and some great ones too) to allow them to handle this most sensitive of topics on my behalf. The family, not the government, or the collective "we", is the heart of revolution. This cannot be institutionalized without distortion.

  43. As I said, interesting idea, but the heart of moral education is the family (all education really), regardless of how incompetent the family may be. I will not submit to a bureaucratic form of moral education, any more than I trust "The System" with any critical aspect of my life. Self reliance and individual preparation, not systematic involuntary collective action, is the highest ideal. Basically, don't let others run your life, you are the responsible one.

  44. It truly inspires me when Zoe speaks, but because over the time in school I have been taught to be complacent and I still feel lost and confused about so many of the problems I face each and every day. I am just one person I can't tackle them all. I just want people to care about others, the world and the creatures we share it with and ultimately themselves.

  45. if Hemp was legalized in America, we could have made that tshirt and that tshirt would not effect the environment in a negative way. that tshirt would last your lifetime and you can hand it down to your child and so on…

  46. I love what you say. I believe it is indeed a solution to the problems that beset our troubled world and the pathway towards a brave new one. I intend contacting yr Humane Education site with a view to doing a Master's course.

  47. Zoe great talk.My suggestion for another aspect of inquiry for True Price has to do with what prices and wages are measured in~ which is money. So what is Money? Where does it come from? How does this effect equality, justice and sustainability? Thanks

  48. Why are we thing about 'creating jobs?'Since I was a little child I thought-there are So Many world Problems that no one is looking or thinking about.But there's Job-creation. Jobs need to be solutions to problems,not keeping what we already got. Like Zoe said – IF we were to be solution oriented, and think,care and create- learn the basics by osmosis – for once – have a youth driven culture guided by 'elder' gurus but – youth driven.

  49. Agree. In my high school that I attend, we have been educated to act upon global issues, by multiple projects and such. Thank you for inspiring me and putting purpose into my education about humanities. I've always wondered whether people chose to act to solve the world's issues, because so many people seem clueless or uncaring to these global troubles. You are a fantastic presenter and motivator, and thank you for bettering the world by devoting your life to spreading knowledge of these issues

  50. Great principles. Sounds very much like Plato's solution. Change education and change the human. But, are there any other system forces that we also need to change? Like the way money works? Or, property rights?

    Paying interest on money is what drives people to cut corners and compromise their ethics and integrity before the banks stop lending in the bust. Michael Rowbotham writes about this insidious influence on our deep psychology. David Graeber in Debt: The First Five Thousand Years shows that chasing more gold to pay interest on old gold is what drove the conquistadores to the "New" World.

    Once children grow up and get jobs in corporations, this money system is what they are faced with. A developed ethics then, unless they can get out of the situation, actually makes them sick, with all the pathologies we know about in our own deep lives.

    Enclosing land and allowing private monopolization of the commons is also a way that lack and scarcity is thrust upon us. That also puts us in a bad way with all this manufactured scarcity. This is property rights doctrine from Europe that we inherited from the Romans, and then the British.

    Humane schooling is a good thing. Definitely. But, allowing the two systems that manufacture scarcity in our world to persist only sets up the young adults who are willing to compromise their integrity as they get drawn into these systems. They are willing to compromise empathy, and they emerge the winners in this system. We see this now on Wall Street and in all our corporations.

    We need to change education, and we need to change more systems, too. Plato left this out, too. And, look where it got Ancient Greece. And, look where it got us!

  51. Wow, what an inspirational talk. The thing that stands in the way of changing the school system is the current political and economical system that doesn't want this change. In fact, the current school system is shaped in a way to support the establishment. Either there is gonna be a shift in consciousness on all levels or we have to wait until members of the "old" elite have died out.

  52. This is a wonderful talk. I just shared it to a bunch of folks. You should too, unless you think that Zoe is wrong. (Hint: she's not). 

  53. This is beautiful. We gotta teach kids how to love the earth and each other. This is a great start. Thank you!

  54. Outstanding. When we shift to examining purpose of education, we become less attached to how we do it (aka: how we've always done it) and more committed to why we do it (little Simon Sinek reference).

  55. I don't know if it would solve EVERY problem in the world because there would still be mental illness and human issues that are not easily explained away and cause great trouble for those impacted. Although, I appreciate her innocence and hopefulness. I also see how what she is saying would make a huge impact and wouldn't it be wonderful!

  56. Was the audience drunk? i've never seen (or heard rather) an audience laugh so much in a ted talk, sometimes she wasnt telling a joke really.

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