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Sentientism in action

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What would a Sentientist education system look like – committed to “evidence, reason and compassion for all sentient beings”?

  • It would be child centred – out of compassion for children as sentient beings. All children would have rich educational opportunities (learning, developing skills, exploring, creating, understanding and caring for others, building community, being inspired) whereas today hundreds of millions of children don’t have the chance to go to school at all
  • Naturalistic epistemology would be infused into all subjects (teach about good quality evidence & reasoning in science and humanities classes – don’t just assume or bypass it)
  • Sentiocentric moral scope would be infused into all subjects (why just be human-centric – why not a sentiocentric history, geography, economics, politics, arts?)
  • Sentientism would be taught as a worldview alongside other worldviews (religious and not), whether in civics, philosophy or religions, values and worldviews subjects.

Resources

Sentientism Resources:

Resources (school/university speakers, videos, teaching materials…) relating to sentiocentric compassion and its implications:

Resources (school speakers, videos, teaching materials…) relating to naturalistic epistemology:

So far it’s rare for any single institution to address both “evidence and reason” and “compassion for all sentient beings” but the Institute for Humane Education is a wonderful exception. See my podcast conversations with Zoe Weil and Mary Pat Champeau. Look out for Zoe’s book “The Solutionary Way” too.

You may also find the Ethical Schools podcast and The RE Podcast (includes non-religious worldviews too!) interesting listens as they often touch on related themes.

Actions students might want to consider:

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“Marx for Cats” – Leigh Claire La Berge – Sentientism Ep:204

Leigh Claire La Berge is Professor in City University of New York‘s English Department. A Sentientism conversation about "what's real?", "who matters?" and "how to make a better world?"
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“Marx for Cats” – Leigh Claire La Berge – Sentientism Ep:204

Leigh Claire La Berge is Professor in City University of New York‘s English Department. A Sentientism conversation about "what's real?", "who matters?" and "how to make a better world?"
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Teaching the Sentientism Worldview – Webinar Recording (only 28 mins!)

YouTube and Podcast recordings of our "Teaching the Sentientism Worldview" webinar.
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“What if you’re the people you’ve been waiting for?” – Prof John Barry ‪- Sentientism Ep:202

John is an activist academic, a green political economist and former Green Party politician in Northern Ireland. A Sentientism conversation about what's real, who matters and how to make a better world.
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