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October 2013 :: The Human Cost of Stuff   Facebook Like button Twitter Follow button

“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.”
—Minor Myers, Jr.

Dear Educator,

Have you ever looked at all the stuff you’ve got in your garage and closets and wondered where it came from?

The massive 2012 factory fire in Bangladesh reminds us that there are people behind the trinkets, t-shirts, and tools we own. In YES! Magazine’s current issue, The Human Cost of Stuff, you and your students can examine how we can rehumanize our relationships with those who make our stuff. And, in this newsletter, you’ll find ready-to-teach materials from Institute for Humane Education. Its lessons, activities, and courses help students understand consumerism from a humane and “solutionary” lens.

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Institute for Humane Education logoInstitute for Humane Education

Humane education offers a way to teach about human rights, animal protection, environmental stewardship, and media literacy.

YES! recommends the Institute for Humane Education for embracing the MOGO principle—short for Most Good, as in “how can we do the most good, with the least harm?” You’ll find online lessons, curricula, and activities on consumerism, human rights, media literacy, and more. You may also be interested in its graduate programs and online courses on how to inspire your students to become “solutionaries.”



Aletha Fields doing spoken word poetryAnd the Next Day I Teach

Some teachers say they feel ‘called’ to teach. But what keeps them teaching? Aletha Fields, English teacher at Iroquois High School in Louisville, KY, shares that her endurance comes from her faith, her commitment to take care of herself, and the love and appreciation she receives from her students. This is Aletha’s story.


The Page That Counts graphicThe Page That Counts

Why is “quixotry” an awesome word? How does America compare to China in toilet paper usage? Wondering about the number of wild American bald eagles in the lower 48 states? Satisfy your curiosity with The Page That Counts.

YES! illustrations by Jem SullivanYES! But How? Share the Harvest

Guerilla grafting? Crop mobs? Four local organizations offer their fresh-off-the-vine wisdom on how to share this season’s harvest of apples, pears, zucchini, and more—and make friends while you’re doing it.


How I Write, Ma JianHow I Write

Who isn’t curious about their favorite authors’ daily writing routines? Where and when they write? Your students will discover the quirks, habits, and secret writing weapons of dozens of authors in this collection of interviews from The Daily Beast.

Interactive Infographic of garment industry factoriesWhere Do Major Garment Factories Manufacture Their Clothes?

This interactive map will help your students become more aware of where their favorite brands source their goods and how much they pay their overseas workers. In an accompanying New York Times lesson, your students will first imagine they’re American clothing executives researching and negotiating overseas safety policies. Then, they’ll write their own letters to retail CEOs urging actions to improve worker safety.


Web Pick October 2013 Sugata Mitra TEDKids Can Teach Themselves

2013 TED Prize Winner Sugata Mitra believes that “children will learn to do what they want to learn to do.” In this vivacious TED Talk, Mitra describes revolutionary insights he gained from his real-life experiments where he gave kids self-supervised access to the Web.


Fabien Tepper photo of water bottlesMessage in a Bottle

Ask these three questions about this photo: What do you notice? What are you wondering? And, after uncovering some facts, What’s next?

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