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Building a Just and Sustainable World October/November 2008
Every day we encounter uncertainties and meet people who are different from ourselves—in their views, their assumptions, their behavior. And the current economic crisis, presidential election, and upcoming family holiday gatherings may emphasize those differences even more. Are heated arguments or strained silence our only options? What can we do to reach across the divide?
This newsletter offers personal stories and resources for addressing fears and differences and gaining understanding through conversation and courage. And I think you'll appreciate the materials from Teaching Tolerance’s “Speak Up!”: campaign. Its guide can be used to tackle almost any bias.
Share the riches of this newsletter with your students so they’ll know what to do when their mom needles them about their political views or wearing low riders.
Interaction between people of different generations is often feared because of misjudgments and stereotypes. Canadian-based photographer John Hasyn faced these challenges by choosing to serve the Inuit youth of Nunavut. See how one moment with a young person changed his perspective forever. This is John’s story.
MORE OF YOUR STORIES: The League of Young Voters. Local food in schools. Student diplomats in Nicaragua. Teaching global warming in a small town.
SEND US your own story to share with our growing network of YES! educators.
Teaching Tolerance’s Speak Up! Responding to Everyday Bigotry guidebook will empower your students to stand up to prejudice.
The Southern Poverty Law Center gathered hundreds of stories from people across the country to capture real-life situations that will have you nodding in agreement, cringing in disbelief, and seething at the audacity.
The good news is that your students not only will learn about the injustice that takes place in homes, workplaces, schools, and amongst friends and neighbors, but they will also learn how to speak up!
Here are lesson plans and how-to resources for coming to terms with false assumptions about immigrants, the current economic crisis, and walls that separate important relationships. Simply put, it’s about addressing fear with clarity and calmness.
As immigrants acclimate to their new home, residents also adjust to their new neighbors. Sometimes differences provoke anxiety and fear. Facing History offers two 45-minute lessons complete with ideas for making an immigrant feel welcome.
Hedge funds, derivatives, Main Street vs. Wall Street. Is this familiar or foreign terminology to you and your students? The Institute for Policy Studies created a series of easy-to-read talking points on key questions about the global economic meltdown.
With elections and holiday gatherings soon upon us, the Public Conversations Project outlines steps to focus on understanding, rather than the overwhelming desire to persuade. Encourage your students to use their newly acquired skills to engage in an uncomfortable conversation.
“There are those who would quickly love each other if once they were to speak to each other; for when they spoke they would discover that their souls were only separated by phantoms and delusions.”:
Ask your students who that "someone" might be for them, and what they might hope to learn by reaching out and listening.DOWNLOAD this quote as a poster.
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Mix It Up at Lunch Day
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