Curriculum & Resources: The Legacy Project
VISIT THE LEGACY PROJECT
The Legacy Project: Lessons for Living from the Wisest Americans was established by Cornell Medical School Professor of Gerontology Karl Pillemer. The project records the wisdom of American elders collected from interviews on a variety of subjects. In text and video, the oldest living generations of Americans share their experiences.
The website offers the opportunity for viewers to browse interviews by topic, ranging from money to faith and spirituality. You will be touched by the tenderness, humor, and authenticity of these elders.
Read and listen to these stories with your students, and reflect on how the lessons can be incorporated into this generation's values. We've selected a few favorites.
To meet the elders and to browse more lessons, visit The Legacy Project website.
- What Is Old Age For?
William Thomas ponders the benefits of aging.
- Can Elders Save the World?
The work of elders may never have been so important as it is today, when the continuation of life on Earth is at stake and wisdom is in short supply.
- Age Old Wisdom for the New Economy
Rebecca Adamson offers Native American views on scarcity, Wall Street, and how to thrive in hard times.
The above resources accompany the February 2012 YES! Education Connection Newsletter
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