Each time I see it, I am reminded of why we do what we do.
There is a great take off on this by Taylor Mali on a TED Talk.
· 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.