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Learning That Matters
by Jing Fong
Describe a teacher or a classroom experience that helped make learning joyful and meaningful for you. Conversely, what message do you have for teachers and administrators who make learning tedious, even painful? How could they make learning more interesting and inspiring?
Letting Go of Worry
by Jing Fong
What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?
Digital Empathy
by Jing Fong
What are some ways—digital or otherwise—that you get strength and support to fight world suck with awesome?
"Learning That Matters" Middle School Winner Nancy Cullen
by Nancy Cullen
Nancy Cullen is a student at Ethical Culture Fieldston Middle School in New York City. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine interview with Curtis Acosta, "When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won" by Jing Fong. Read Nancy's essay about how a classroom visitor helped her share a secret with her classmates.
"Learning That Matters" High School Winner Jennifer Aguilera
by Jennifer Aguilera
Jennifer Aguilera is a student at the Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan, Illinois. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine interview with Curtis Acosta, "When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won" by Jing Fong. Read Jennifer's essay about two teachers who taught her to love learning.
"Learning That Matters" University Winner Chiwon Lee
by Chiwon Lee
Chiwon Lee is a student at Cascadia College in Bothell, Washington. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine interview with Curtis Acosta, "When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won" by Jing Fong. Read Chiwon's essay about how her "Making It Real" class made her feel like a superhero in training.
"Learning That Matters" Powerful Voice Winner Salma Arredondo
by Salma Arredondo
Salma Arredondo is a student at Everett Alvarez High School in Salinas, California. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine interview with Curtis Acosta, "When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won" by Jing Fong. Read Salma's essay about her experience as a Mexican American in an American English class, and how she gained the confidence to let her light shine.
"Learning That Matters" Powerful Voice Winner Annabel Paul
by Annabel Paul
Annabel Paul is a student at Ethical Culture Fieldston Middle School in New York City. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine interview with Curtis Acosta, "When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won" by Jing Fong. Read Annabel's essay about why stories about transgender people should be included in the curriculum.
"Learning That Matters" Powerful Voice Winner Noah Carey-Smith
by Noah Carey-Smith
Noah Carey-Smith is a student at the Aveson School of Leaders in Altadena, California. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine interview with Curtis Acosta, "When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won" by Jing Fong. Read Noah's essay about how self-directed learning inspires him to make the world a better place.
Curtis Acosta's Response to "Learning That Matters" Essay Winners
by Curtis Acosta
Curtis Acosta responds to the winners of the Spring 2015 "Learning That Matters" essay competition.
A Trade Rule that Makes It Illegal to Favor Local Business? Newest Leak Shows TPP Would Do That And More
by David Korten
The leaked text is full of dense legal jargon. But a close reading makes its corporate agenda crystal clear.
"Learning That Matters" Literary Gems
by Jing Fong
We received many powerful essays for the Spring 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Restorative Justice
by Jing Fong
Do teachers and administrators at your school discipline students with dignity? Or with disrespect?
How I Learned to Ask For Handouts (No Matter How Weird It Feels)
by Shannon Hayes
Farming and writing don't bring home the bacon—why I'm no longer ashamed to ask my community to help.
We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life
by Matt Soniak
City living is changing animals in surprising ways. But they’re also transforming the cities they share with us.