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Why human behavior is at the center of education

Dustin Eirdosh & Susan Hanisch
A new TEDx talk at the Leipzig International School outlines the centrality of understanding the human condition as a focus for 21st century education. Teaching at the intersection of evolution, behavior, and sustainability science offers a new landscape for interdisciplinary learning

In September 2020, students at the Leipzig International School organized a TEDx event around the theme of boundaries, personal, social, and planetary. Our own Dustin Eirdosh presented a talk entitled “Why human behavior is at the center of education”, which frames how the science of human behavior offers new ways for students to extend their learning beyond the boundaries of classic school subjects.

The talk highlights why human behavior is central to understanding the human condition more broadly, and how our understanding of human behavior impacts how we relate to ourselves and others. The talk concludes with a call to action regarding how schools can re-conceptualize the role of human behavior as both scientific content to be engaged, and an empowering context for school and community action towards a more sustainable future.

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