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Today’s young people will grow up to be the citizens of the future: but what that future holds for them is uncertain. We can be quite confident, however, that they will be faced with decisions about a wide range of issues on which people have differing, contradictory views. If they are to develop as global citizens all young people should have the opportunity to engage with these controversial issues. Teachers have a key role in enabling young people to develop the skills they need to do this.

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Free the Kids

Free the Kids | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Teenagers receiving life sentences without parole is a rarity around the world, but it does happen in America. Could that be changing?
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Something to share with secondary school students during a discussion of fairness or laws in the US versus the laws in other countries.

 

from the article:

Why you should care

Because when you’re still in your teen years, should your ”permanent record” be that permanent?



Read more: Life Without Parole | Acumen | OZY 

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Scientists search for clues in sea star die-off

Scientists search for clues in sea star die-off | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Outbreak has devastated several species along North America’s Pacific coast this year.

 

Among the possible causes scientists have suggested for the wasting syndrome are low oxygen levels in coastal waters, localized areas of warm water and environmental toxins. Some researchers have suggested that ocean acidification is a possible factor, but Raimondi says that is unlikely, given that acidification is pervasive but the disease outbreak is occurring in patches.

 
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We've got bees and starfish dying off. Wasn't there something about birds as well?

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Ecuador's "Superleaf" Tea: Could It Replace Your Afternoon Coffee? | Nat Geo Food

Ecuador's "Superleaf" Tea: Could It Replace Your Afternoon Coffee? | Nat Geo Food | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Guayusa tea may have health benefits for those who drink it and economic benefits for the indigenous people who grow it.
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#globalism #globalmarkets #indigenouspeople #beverage

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Why Teachers of Color Quit

Why Teachers of Color Quit | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Before this article, I had read one or two articles from teachers who left the Teachers of America program. I wrote of the issues of the authors as an issue of inadequate teacher preparation. This article "Why Teachers of Color Quit" offers another issue professional issue. This is the only article on the subject I have read recently so this may be more of a statistical artifact (unusual situation). I don't want to jump to conclusions. Anecdotal.

 

This quote is important to note: "many teachers seemed indifferent to discussing these issues at all. When Teach for America organized diversity sessions, many teachers in the corps would skip the sessions or come back telling me, “I am so sick of being forced to talk about this.” 

 

I have heard similar comments from fellow studenst in a course on Multiculturalism as part of a teacher prep program. It happened some years ago and the comments were addressed, but it was easy to see that the sentiments did not change from that one discussion. I wonder if other teachers have heard the same or similar. I did not find any problems like this in my teaching positions though. I was lucky enough to teach with supportive teachers and administrators. However, I am surprised teachers in urban areas should encounter these and other difficulties. But this is one story and maybe it is an isolated incident.

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15 Ways The United States Is The Best (At Being The Worst)

15 Ways The United States Is The Best (At Being The Worst) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
We hear it all the time, from every corner of the political sphere: There's no other country on the planet quite like the United States of America.
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charts and graphs that tell a bit of a story

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