One of the most important, yet most neglected ways in which we can create a humane world is through education. Education is prevention. While activism to stop atrocities is critical, without educating a generation with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to be conscientious choice-makers and engaged change-makers we may perpetually be putting out the fires of cruelty and destruction.
Imagine, instead, that we raise a generation with reverence, respect, and a sense of responsibility, with the critical and creative thinking skills to make a difference. This is the goal of humane education, and when activists turn their attention to teaching others, they often find that their work has never been so positive and effective. During this keynote address, Zoe Weil, president of the Institute for Humane Education will share ideas, tools, and stories about the ways in which we can create a humane world through education.
Zoe is the author of Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and
Meaningful Life, Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times, So, You Love Animals: An Action-Packed,
Fun-Filled Book to Help Kids Help Animals, The Power and Promise of Humane Education, and the Moonbeam gold medal
winner for juvenile fiction, Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs. Zoe blogs at http://www.zoeweil.com.