· Ishmael by Daniel Quinn provides students the opportunity to question where mankind has come from and what the future holds if we continue upon our current path.
· The novel questions our societal values from many points of view including anthropology, culture, ecology, economics, environment, ethics, industry, politics, prejudice, science and sociology.
· Ishmael’s teaching centers primarily upon the Taker versus the Leaver in society. Students evaluate the choices made by individuals, communities and countries and their ultimate effect on our own survival as a human race.
· More than 250 colleges and universities have courses based upon Ishmael or use Ishmael as a significant reading within the curriculum.
· Educators who use Ishmael report significant improvement in students approach to problem solving and critical thinking.
· The Ishmael Companion workbook is available for teachers for sample discussion points, activities and assignments.
· The Ishmael community is an online resource for supplemental materials for both teachers and students.
Quinn says Ishmael is a story about hope. "I think we have a much finer and more exciting destiny than conquering and ruling the world," he says. "This book shows that we can learn about what that destiny is from the life around us -- and in Ishmael it just happens that life speaks with the voice of a lowland gorilla."