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date: 15 August 2020

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This chapter explores how we could place happiness at the heart of education, by making it a robust and legitimate aim of schools. The chapter makes a distinction between education as happiness (happiness arising from the traditional work of schools) and educating for happiness (a discrete happiness curriculum). Through a review of the work of Claxton, Brighouse, and Roberts the chapter suggests that happiness should form a principal aim of education. It then goes on to examine what a discrete happiness curriculum might look like based on the author’s own experience of developing a happiness curriculum at Wellington College in the UK.

Keywords: happiness, well-being, Wellington College, curriculum, education, schools, teachers.

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