Susan Engel on How Educating for Happiness (Not Money) Would Transform our Schools


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Wed, 11/23/2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Author Susan Engel discusses her recent book "The End of the Rainbow"


In her latest book, psychologist and educator Susan Engel describes how educational goals have become dominated by a fixation on earnings potential and she demonstrates how this economic framework has had a profound impact not only on the way we think about education but also on what happens inside school buildings. The End of the Rainbow envisions how different things would be if we made happiness, rather than money, the graduation prize. Drawing on psychology, education theory, and a broad range of classroom experiences across the country, author Susan Engel offers a fascinating alternative view of what education might become: for instance, teaching children to read books for pleasure and self-expansion and encouraging collaboration. All of these new skills, she argues, would not only cultivate future success in the world of work but also would make society as a whole a better, happier place.

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