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 kw 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.
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.