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Building a Just and Sustainable World Summer 2009
I hope you’re in a place to relax and rejuvenate after a successful school year. With this economy, perhaps you too will be taking a “stay-cation,” sticking close to home.
How can you help your students make sense of today’s economy? You’ll find some great classroom tools from our current issue, The New Economy. I also recommend the engaging activities offered by United for a Fair Economy to help your students understand the roots of the current crisis and the economic divide.
For added inspiration, check out Paul Hawken’s commencement address and an interview with author Sherman Alexie. They’re perfect for your classroom or a summer day at home.
Professor Tom Murphy wanted his students to reconnect with nature. Now, they work beside farmers, fishermen, wastewater technicians, environmental groups, and Native American leaders through an award-winning service learning program. Read Tom’s story.
MORE OF YOUR STORIES: Hands-on Sustainability Curriculum. Chicken Soup for the Soul in the Classroom. Discovering the Beauty of Teenagers. Local food in schools.
SEND US your own story to share with our growing network of YES! educators.
Martin Luther King Jr once said, “We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society.” United for a Fair Economy (UFE) takes his words to heart in developing education resources.
Here are five lesson plans from UFE’s Teaching Economics As If People Mattered curriculum, complete with animated presentations created by Reach and Teach. The popular Ten Chairs lesson dramatizes the divide in wealth distribution in the U.S. today.
UFE’s Bankers, Brokers, Bubbles, and Bailout workshop materials, produced in May 2009, give your students a candid assessment of the current economic crisis, and identify strategies for an economic recovery that is sustainable and just. It’s the kind of frank, real-life discussion your students need, to make sense of this chaos.
Here are lessons plans and curriculum to help your students better understand the cause and effects of the current housing upheaval, the concepts of work (what kind of work is paid?) and workplace, and definitions of wealth.
Teachable Moment puts a human face on foreclosure in its lesson plans on the housing crisis (grades 9-12). “Work, Workers, and the U.S. Labor Movement” is an 8-lesson curriculum that takes middle school students from examining work and labor struggles to world issues like globalization and sweatshops.
How can those with few “riches” also be rich? This Peace Corps lesson plan has your students compare and contrast definitions of wealth in the United States and Mali, and explore how music enriches our lives. For middle and high school.
The earth couldn’t afford to send recruiters or limos to your school. It sent you rain, sunsets, ripe cherries, night blooming jasmine, and that unbelievably cute person you are dating. Take the hint.
And here’s the deal: Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done." Read on…
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Cultivando energía en un desierto alimentario
Will Allen believes that healthy food is the foundation of social justice. Share with your students how the founder of Milwaukee’s Growing Power is carrying out his mission to “create a just world, one food-secure community at a time.”
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