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May 2017 Newsletter :: Why Science Can’t Be Silent

Dear Educator,

A new president’s “alternative facts” on climate change and the need to hide EPA climate data in Canada have driven modest scientists out of their labs and onto the streets. The spring issue of YES! Magazine, Why Science Can’t Be Silent, offers stories from climate scientists and ordinary citizens who stand up for people and planet. Hear from an Earth scientist who speaks from his heart—not his research—about climate change, and six communities that collect data using balloon mapping, a bucket brigade, and other strategies, proving we, too, can be scientists. You’ll also learn about three human angels who provide refugees with free legal counsel and backpacks filled with food and blankets.

This newsletter also shares an interactive game that puts your students in the shoes of Syrian refugees trying to cross the Aegean Sea toward safety and a new life. In an interview with Rethinking Schools editors Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart, learn why they are so motivated to empower young people to fight for climate justice. And, be inspired by a story about how horses can better the lives of foster kids.

Here’s to a smooth end-of-school year. See you in August!

Best,
Jing Fong
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Jing Fong
Education Outreach Manager
YES! Magazine
P.S. What are actor Mark Ruffalo and CNN analyst Van Jones excited about? YES! co-founder and columnist Sarah van Gelder’s new book, The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America. The book’s stories of people making a difference in their communities may inspire your students to be change-makers, too. If you’re considering this book for your course or curriculum, click here for a free review copy.

Your Stories

Your Stories
Mental health counselor Lorna Shepardson knows a gift that horses possess. Their innate ability to mirror emotions can magically lift young people from the depths of darkness to a glimmer of self-confidence. This is Lorna’s story. More »

Curriculum and Resources

Curriculum and Resources
With this virtual game, students assume a refugee identity and face critical decisions as they travel 1,500 dangerous miles toward safety and new lives in Europe. Will they elude the risks of death, deportation, and being captured? More »
Rethinking Schools curriculum editor Bill Bigelow and high school teacher Tim Swinehart are the masterminds behind the nation’s first comprehensive climate literacy policy. They have seen too many textbooks discredit or minimize the effects about climate change. Their solution? A collection of stories, poems, activities, and role-plays to change the way young people view the climate crisis. More »

YES! Classroom Tools

YES! Classroom Tools
Why are drug prices in the U.S. higher than anywhere else in the world? This infographic will help your students understand how big pharmaceutical companies make money and what we can do to make medicine accessible to everyone. More »
How many Texas members of Congress supported Trump’s border wall proposal last November? What percentage of food is unconsumed and thrown out in the U.S., and how much is it worth? Learn 24 head-scratching facts with the Page That Counts! More »

YES! Webpick

YES! Webpick
What if you called the person who influenced you most and thanked them—right now? An experiment in gratitude shows it will make you happier. More »

Visual Learning Lesson

Visual Learning Lesson
Ask these three questions about this photo: What do you notice? What are you wondering? And, after uncovering some facts, What’s next? More »
“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”
— Neil DeGrasse Tyson
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