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October 2015 :: Make It Right & The Debt Issue   Facebook Like button Twitter Follow button

“There’s a story behind every person. There’s a reason why they’re the way they are. Think about that before you judge someone.”
—Dr. John A. King

Dear Educator,

How do you help your students make sense of the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson police, and the emergence of the powerful #BlackLivesMatter movement? The summer issue of YES! Magazine, “Make It Right,” offers stories on racism, slavery, forgiveness, and love. Meet the woman behind #BlackLivesMatter and learn about Ubuntu and the spirit of forgiveness from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Rev. Mpho Tutu.

YES! Magazine’s “The Debt Issue,” (Fall 2015), explores the brighter side of debt with stories of a new generation rethinking how to lend and borrow.

This newsletter also shares a science teacher’s story on bringing seat-of-your-pants exploration—from ocean floors to mountain tops—to the classroom. An infographic lays out the economic damage to Black America stemming from 267 years of slavery. And on a lighter—yet practical—note, a video offers tips on ageing gracefully from advisers ranging in age from 7 to 93.


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Shark ResearchersBull Sharks, Bimini, and Disappearing Islands: How Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants Blasts the Walls Off My Classroom

When Joe Grabowski’s students reacted with horror to his stories about sharks, Grabowski took a novel approach to help these sharkaphobes get over their fear. Joe found shark researchers from the Bahamas to chat with his students online. Since that day, Joe’s students have gone on over 100 global expeditions—meeting penguins, astronauts, and scuba divers. This is Joe’s story.


Mongolian GoatherdThis Writer Has Travelled the Globe. She Wants Your Students to Connect with the Everyday Struggles and Courage of Ordinary People.

How do you help students understand what it is like to be a Mongolian herder in a changing economic landscape? Or a Native American losing her indigenous language? Welcome to the magical world of Cleary Vaughan-Lee and the Global Oneness Project, whose films, photography essays, stories, and lessons immerse you into the lives of your global neighbors.

Alicia Garza and friendsResources to Teach #BlackLivesMatter

The San Francisco Unified School District has compiled a collection of no-holds-barred resources to teach #BlackLivesMatter, including “Dos and Don’ts for Teaching About Ferguson.” Dare to ask your students what they want to talk about regarding Mike Brown’s death, the roots of this tragedy, and how they can stand up to racial injustice.


Make It Right InfographicInfographic: What the U.S. Owes Black America Today. How About $6.4 Trillion?

Is it possible to calculate the economic damages of slavery and racism? This timeline powerfully illustrates how discriminatory policies created the vast income gap between whites and blacks—a gap that hasn’t budged since 1970.

Debt InfographicInfographic: The Real Reason We Have So Much Debt

How did Americans get so buried in debt? This infographic will help your students understand the root cause of the debt crisis. Hint: It’s not crazy, wasteful spending. It’s sluggish wages, rising living expenses, rising tuition, and banks that target people who can barely pay.

The Page That CountsPage that Counts

In 2014, 48.2 percent of our nation’s children were children of color. But what percent of children’s books written that same year were about characters that were people of color? What is the projected percentage of Europe’s electricity generated from wind power by 2020? Discover 32 other head-scratching facts with the Page that Counts!


Video: Aging GracefullyHow to Age Gracefully

Stay weird. Don’t let your mom throw away your LEGO. Backup your hard drive—now. Ordinary people across the generations give candid tips on living the good life and being happy.


Visual Learning LessonWhat’s the Buzz?

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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