Learning by Doing: Sourcing at School

For years, I've asked students to use sourcing websites and internet articles about labor rights to search for the factories in which a couple of items of their clothing were made. Usually a pair of shoes and a favorite shirt. By undertaking this search, students think about the labor that supplies them with so much.... Continue Reading →

Oxfam: The wealthiest 8 men on earth possess wealth exceeding the poorest 50% of humanity

The wealthiest 8 men on earth (and yes, they are all men) possess wealth exceeding the poorest 50% of humanity. That's about 3,700,000,000 people. My students are stunned by this simple statistic from Oxfam's new report on economic inequality. The report is readable for secondary students and filled with prescriptions for change. For educators interested in solutions-based... Continue Reading →

A Quick Historical Primer on Standing Rock for Teachers and Educators Outside the US.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Fort_Laramie_(1868) This evening the Department of the Army in the US announced that the Dakota Access Pipeline would not immediately be completed. According to the New York Times, "the Department of the Army announced that it would not allow the pipeline to be drilled under a dammed section of the Missouri River." This news has been welcomed... Continue Reading →

Global Studies in the Age of Trump

Ironically, painfully, it's International Education Week. It hurts to say this out loud. The meetings of earnest teachers seem hopelessly outgunned as the UK trudges towards its Brexit and the USA begins its transition to Trumpism. Across the West, nationalism is on the march and global citizenship feels in retreat. This can't be good news for those of... Continue Reading →