Susan Engel

The End of the Rainbow

Susan Engel

Talk: The End of the Rainbow

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.

Susan Engel

Susan Engel is a professor of developmental psychology at Williams College, where she is also the founder and director of the Williams Program in Teaching. She is the author of "The Stories Children Tell, Context Is Everything", "Real Kids", "Red Flags or Red Herrings?", and "The End of the Rainbow", and a co-author, with Samuel Levin, of "A School of Our Own". She lives in New Marlborough, MA.