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Real World Education

Meaningful learning isn't about memorizing facts. It flourishes in the context of people and everyday life, and happens in and beyond the classroom.

Visual Learning: Are You Really What You Wear? Visual Learning: Are You Really What You Wear?
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about a different image of Iran.
10 Little and Big Things You Can Do 10 Little and Big Things You Can Do
by Annie Leonard
There is no one simple thing to do to change our consumption patterns, because the set of problems we’re addressing just isn’t simple. But everyone can make a difference, and the bigger your action the bigger the difference you’ll make.
Rethinking Schools Rethinking Schools
Like YES! Magazine, Rethinking Schools strives to be both visionary and practical. We are delighted to share three of many lesson plans from Rethinking Schools that get to the heart of a real-world education.
Three Cups of Tea Three Cups of Tea
In Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time, Greg Mortenson, and journalist David Oliver Relin, take you on a journey that begins with a climber’s failed attempt to scale Pakistan’s K2 and follows with his repaying a poor Pakistani village that nursed him back to health by building them a school.
Addressing Guatemala’s Educational Crisis Addressing Guatemala’s Educational Crisis
by Ryan Richards
The Miguel Angel Asturias Academy offers a model for reforming Guatemala’s education system. Scholarships and low general tuition rates make the Academy accessible to even the poorest families. The curriculum combines strong academic fundamentals with training in leadership and human rights issues.
Voyager Students Say Yes! to the Earth Charter
by Andy Davey
This past year, 1st – 6th grade students at Voyager Montessori school eagerly saved enough pennies and dimes to fund two free teacher subscriptions to YES! Magazine. Find out how YES! inspired them to bring to life values of social justice.
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