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Dr. Susan Engel: "The End of the Rainbow" | Talks at Google

Susan Engel argues that money has become the driving force in the way we think about education, profoundly damaging our schools and our children. She asks what would happen if we made happiness, rather than money, the graduation prize. She describes the eight dispositions children should acquire in school that would prepare them to lead full lives: immersion in complex and meaningful activities, purpose, curiosity, thoughtfulness, mastery, standing for others, appreciating difference, and reading for pleasure. Engel describes what teachers and children would do each day in such a school, and outlines a new kind of assessment. If we put these dispositions at the center of the educational process it would radically alter things for children, teachers and parents and promote a better society for all.