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Educating the Whole Child for the Whole WorldThe Ross School Model and Education for the Global Era$
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Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco and Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741405

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741405.001.0001

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We Are Waiting for You

(p.189) Epilogue
Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World

Pedro Noguera

NYU Press

This chapter offers a message of hope in the face of anxiety and fear by stating that an education devoid of play, wonder, optimism, and curiosity will cultivate dry skepticism at best, and nihilism and despair at worst. Today's youth face an uncertain future: a world with multiple and no longer deniable threats to the environment, new and highly contagious infectious diseases, multiple war fronts, and intractable ethnic conflicts within countries and across regions. The chapter provides a “third option” beyond Dionysian self-indulgence and nihilistic despair; a reminder that human agency is a liberating, life-enhancing force and must be at the core of any socially conscious, responsible educational project in this global era.

Keywords:   education, skepticism, nihilism, modern youth, Dionysian self-indulgence, human agency, global era

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