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The Danger of Silence The Danger of Silence
When he was a kid, slam poet and teacher Clint Smith once gave up speaking for Lent. He found that his silence allowed his classmates to be bullied—and that he must use his voice speak up for truth and justice.
Dr. Edward Tick's Response to Winter 2014 Essay Winners Dr. Edward Tick's Response to Winter 2014 Essay Winners
Dr. Edward Tick, co-founder of Soldier's Heart and author of "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," responds to winners of the Winter 2014 essay competition.
Curriculum & Resources: Garment Industry Infographic Curriculum & Resources: Garment Industry Infographic
Interactive map of garment industry factories, designed in response to the Bangladesh disasters.
Changing the Course of Dyslexia Changing the Course of Dyslexia
by Bob Broudo
President and headmaster Bob Broudo of Landmark School passionately believes that we have a civic responsibility to help students with language-based learning disabilities discover who they are as learners and how they can learn.
Curriculum & Resources: Civil Rights Curriculum Curriculum & Resources: Civil Rights Curriculum
In 1942, Fred Korematsu was arrested and convicted for refusing to go with other Japanese Americans to incarceration camps mandated under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order No. 9066. The Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education shares lesson plans, videos, and other classroom resources to teach students the importance of speaking up for civil rights for all.
Curriculum & Resources: The Innocence Project and Prison Food Curriculum & Resources: The Innocence Project and Prison Food
Use the Innocence Project’s interactive resources to understand the causes of wrongful convictions and exonerations, and see how your school's cafeteria food measures up to prison food with this tell-it-like-it is infographic.
Visual Learning: "Out of many, one" Visual Learning: "Out of many, one"
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not).
Horses as Healers Horses as Healers
by Lorna Shepardson
What do you do with a teenager who’s angry, depressed, disconnected, or all of the above? Lorna Shepardson knows a magical gift horses possess that can help bring young people from the depths of darkness to a glimmer of self-confidence. This is Lorna’s story.
You Can’t Ignore Me Any Longer You Can’t Ignore Me Any Longer
Street artist JR brings art to improbable places, creating projects that force us to really see each other.
Waiting (or Not) for Superman Waiting (or Not) for Superman
The documentary “Waiting for Superman” has stirred up conversation and debate about one of our nation’s biggest concerns—the state of public education. A follow-up campaign is under way to fix education. NOT Waiting for Superman, initiated by Rethinking Schools, says the film got the message all wrong.
YES! Recommends: Centre for Child Honouring, and Voices Education Project YES! Recommends: Centre for Child Honouring, and Voices Education Project
If we made children our top priority, would we create a better world? The Centre for Child Honouring and Voices [Education Project] are helping create peaceful, sustainable societies.
Nathan Christensen Essay on “Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country” Nathan Christensen Essay on “Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country”
by Nathan Christensen
Nathan Christensen, a student at Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, Washington, read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country" by Edward Tick. Read Nathan's essay on how he alleviated his conflict with soldiers.
Royce Baker Essay on “Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country” Royce Baker Essay on “Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country”
by Royce Baker
Royce Baker, a student at Edmonds Community College in Edmonds, Washington, read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country" by Edward Tick. Read Royce's essay on why he doesn't support war, but does support the soldier.
YES! Recommends: Global Oneness Project YES! Recommends: Global Oneness Project
YES! recommends the Global Oneness Project for their inspiring and richly produced resources that explore how the radically simple notion of interconnectedness can be lived in our increasingly complex world.
Exemplary Essay on "Iraq Veterans, Activists for Peace" Exemplary Essay on "Iraq Veterans, Activists for Peace"
by Eleanor Stevens
Eleanor Stevens, a student at Santa Fe Waldorf High School in New Mexico, read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Why Iraq Veterans Can’t Stay Silent" by Sarah Olson. Read Eleanor's essay on filling the void of war, from taxpayer to soldier.
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