Sunday, April 26, 2009
Fast Facts About Grandparents
- The average age of first-time grandparents is 48.
- About one-third of American adults are grandparents.
- The United States has 70 million grandparents, and the total will be 80 million by 2010 as the Baby Boom generation of 76 million people (born between 1946 and 1964) become grandparents.
- The number of children living with and/or being cared for by their grandparents has increased by 30 percent over the last decade.
- More than 6 percent of America's children live with their grandparents today.
- America's grandparents spend more than $30 billion a year on their grandkids, double what was spent a decade ago.
- In the past 30 years, the number of great-grandparents actively involved in their great-grandchildren's lives has increased tenfold.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
through discussion of fictional scenarios and reflection on real-life situations. Students are provided with concrete guidelines that help them to understand when harmless joking has crossed the line to become disrespectful or mean. Click here for the lesson.
This is useful with a lesson about how unkind words can hurt others and how hard they are to take back once they have been said and the damage has been done.
Have students sqeeze the toothpaste out on the paper plate to symbolize hurtful words that we use against someone.
Then have them attempt to put the toothpaste back into the tube.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Click the elephant to read the folktale, "The Blind Men and the Elephant".
After students have heard the story, use the following questions to guide discussion of how differences in perspective can make it difficult for people to communicate. Students should be encouraged to apply the moral of the folk tale to real-life situations.
- How does it feel when another person doesn't "see" something the same way you do?
- What happens in the story when each blind man "sees" the elephant? Why were there six different ideas about the elephant? Were any of the men right about the elephant? Were any of them completely wrong?
- What did the blind men learn from the Rajah? What does the storyteller want us to learn from this tale?
- Do problems like this happen in real life? Think of times when arguments or misunderstandings have occurred because people saw situations from different points of view. Describe what happened.
- What if the men in this story were not blind? Would they still have different ideas about elephants?
- Does the story give you any ideas about how these problems can be solved? What are some steps you can take to understand why another person doesn't see things the way you do?
In Germany they came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
And I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came or the trade
unionists, and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time
no one was left to speak up.
© 1945, Reverend Martin Niemoller.
Classroom Activites: Complete these sentences to think about what this poem means for you. Share your ideas with other students.
1. I have spoken up about
2. I have not spoken up about
3. People don't speak up sometimes because
4. I will speak up if
5. My friends will speak up when
6. We can speak up when
7. It is easier to speak up when
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
LET’S REPHRASE THAT....
NOTE: The role plays below are intended to explore alternatives to the word “gay” when
used in well-intentioned, but inappropriate ways. It is important to underscore that these
scenarios depict good-natured teasing and playfulness among friends, and that using
“gay” or any other language to be intentionally mean to others is never acceptable.
Randy and Chris are window shopping at their favorite store. Randy points out a pair of sneakers that are
orange with bright pink stripes and announces, “those sneakers are so…”
[SAY SOMETHING ORIGINAL]
Karen’s 10th grade English teacher assigns the class to write an essay entitled “If I were a barnyard animal I’d
be a...” During lunch Karen jokes with her friends that the assignment
is so…” [SAY SOMETHING ORIGINAL]
During science class a bee flies through the window and startles Manuel, who swats at it in
a flustered way and sidesteps away from it awkwardly. Manuel’s best friend kids, “that was so…”
[SAY SOMETHING ORIGINAL]
While unpacking in their hotel room on the youth group overnight, Dawn’s friends observe
that she has packed each and every one of her toiletry items in a separate Ziploc bag. The girls giggle and
one teases good naturedly, “You are so…” [SAY SOMETHING ORIGINAL]
SAY SOMETHING ORIGINAL.
Instead of “that’s so gay,” try…
behind the times
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Male Bashing and Gender
Antisemitism and Hate Speech
Reclaiming Pejorative Words
Words that reinforce stereotypes
Intention and Perception
Ethnocentrism and Xenophobia
Ethnic and Multiethnic Identity
Social Justice Words
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. What do you think about this saying? Many people think that words can hurt more than sticks or stones. Most people don't bat an eye when someone says "gay" or "retard." And that's wrong. How much do you cringe when you walk by a group of kids and someone says, "That's so gay!" When someone says "That's so gay" in lieu of "That's so stupid," they're saying everything about gay people is stupid. Sure, it may not be meant that way, but if we continue to let people use words like "gay" and "retard" in a negative way, people get hurt. Words hurt. The more you're allowed to perpetuate the incorrect use of a word, the harder it is to get people to realize what they're doing.
Some people have mental retardation (intellectual disabilities). While mental retardation is not a bad word, when used to describe someone or something you think is bad or stupid it becomes another thoughtless hurtful word. People with intellectual disabilities are not bad. Their condition is not bad. The prejudice and discrimination to people with intellectual disabilities is BAD…and WRONG! Please stop using the word ‘retard’. It hurts individuals and families of those with disabilities.