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Building a Just and Sustainable World   September 2009

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September marks back-to-school time for many households, but even if it's been years since you saw the inside of a classroom, you'll learn something from the fall issue of YES!

Learn as You Go, our focus on education, features a piece by former teacher and school-reform advocate John Taylor Gatto, who believes thinking for yourself and exploring the world are far more important than classroom lessons and standardized tests. Check out our poster and chart your own course.

That spirit of adventure drove the planning behind this issue: What do we really need to know to be active, engaged citizens, to understand and appreciate our communities, to weather the challenges of a changing world?

Chances are, you won't find those answers in a textbook. But they're out there, and this issue of YES! will help you find them. If you’re not already a subscriber, make Learn as You Go the first issue in your subscription with this special introductory $15 offer.

Melia Dicker returned to her old classrooms and attended school during the 2008-2009 academic year. Photo by Donna Presti   Massachusetts Climate Summer activists. Photo by Jay O'Hara   Sterling College combines classroom academics and experiential learning. Photo courtesy of Sterling College

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Higher Education poster Take Back Your Education
More and more people are waking up to the mismatch between what is taught in schools and what we need to know. What can you do about it? John Taylor Gatto has some answers.
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Julia Putnam and Grace Lee Boggs. Photo by Eric Seals Grace Boggs: Teaching Freedom
A star pupil coming of age in Detroit's public school system found the education she longed for from activist mentors Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs.
YES! Magazine executive editor Sarah van Gelder signs the roadtrip bus. Photo by Paul Dunn for YES! Magazine. YES! Magazine executive editor Sarah van Gelder signs the roadtrip bus. Photo by Paul Dunn for YES! Magazine.
Meet our pick of organizations and strategies that foster lifelong learning and personal growth while teaching age-old and brand-new skills.
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:: ROADTRIP NATION :: FREE SCHOOL KIDS TAKE CHARGE :: SANTE FE STORIES :: TEENS LISTEN TO 90-SOMETHINGS :: MELIA RESCHOOLS HERSELF :: DRAFT HORSES TEACH COLLEGE :: YOUTHS FACE THE HOLOCAUST :: LISTENING TO FLOWERS
:: TEACHING HEALING ARTS :: ACTIVISTS DREAM A NEW FUTURE :: SENIORS FIND MORE TO LEARN :: UDAIPUR HANDS DOWN SKILLS :: PARENTS LEARN TO LISTEN
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What happens when you try to build the city of tomorrow, today: the challenges of constructing Boston’s first residential green building.


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International Plastic Bag Free Day is this Saturday: Zoom in this picture and see how many bags are used in the U.S. every five seconds.
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