Posts tagged “education”
April 16, 2013
Seven Stories received the following from a college professor who used Cory Silverberg’s What Makes a Baby in one of her courses:
“When I put Cory Silverberg’s What Makes a Baby on my university course reading list, I did not know how students would respond. On the first day of class, some were skeptical. Others wondered why I required them to read a children’s book. But in the end, it worked—brilliantly. Contrasted with stereotypical stories of conception that are commonplace in our culture, What Makes a Baby gives learners a delightfully diverse, child appropriate (and adult appreciated), and inclusive vision of family and sex education.”
Dr. Carla Rice, Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender and Relationships, University of Guelph
“I don’t think it’s right for anyone to tell my little child that it’s okay for brother to wear 10,000 dresses”
April 22, 2010We were honored to learn that Marcus Ewert and Rex Ray's illustrated children's book, 10,000 Dresses, was recently recommended by the organization Alameda C.A.R.E. — or "Community Alliance Resource for Education," a group which provides support and legal advocacy for LGBT children in the Alameda school district — for inclusion in the anti-bullying curriculum required for all K-5 students in Alameda schools. And we are further honored, in a queasier sort of way, to learn that the Pacific Justice Institute — which, in Ed Meese's estimation, "fills a critical need on the West Coast for those whose civil liberties are threatened" — has decided that Ewert and Ray's work is harmful those same K-5 students that C.A.R.E. wants to protect, and apparently many people in the Alameda community have decided to agree.
April 13, 2010I am curious to know: why has [Phoebe] Prince's death elicited a far stronger reaction than [Hope] Witsell's? Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has even stepped in, berating school officials for not protecting Prince. Meanwhile, to date no one has so strongly pointed a finger at school administrators at Witsell's school, nor have there been criminal charges brought in her case. This doesn't make sense. Both girls were victimized similarly. Both deaths are tragic. Both girls deserve the same outcry of anger and horror. Why does Prince's suicide resonate so much more than Witsell's? Because Prince, 15, more neatly fits the stereotype of a sympathetic "good" victim while Witsell does not. — Leora Tanenbaum
April 7, 2010
The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States and other materials for teaching in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The website offers more than 85 free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.
Its goal is to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. The empowering potential of studying U.S. history is often lost in a textbook-driven trivial pursuit of names and dates. Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States emphasize the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history. Students learn that history is made not by a few heroic individuals, but instead by people’s choices and actions, thereby also learning that their own choices and actions matter.