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Monday, October 21st: Equity and Sustainability

The idea behind this lesson is for the students to draw a connection between equity and sustainability. During the course of today’s class the students will have a diagram that is centered on three aspects of poverty: family/community, education, and health/healthcare.

The students will watch a short video illustrating the life of a 12-year old boy living in poverty: Marcell’s Story. As they watch the video, the students will use the diagram and write down concerns expressed by Marcell regarding his family and community, his education, and his health.

After watching the video, students will break into groups and share their findings. Each group will share with the class their discoveries and their reflections, explicitly focusing on the categories of the worksheet (family/community, health/healthcare, and education). At this point the students will be given a broad overview of the “Three Spheres of Sustainability” which targets SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND ECONOMIC factors that make up a sustainable society when in balance. Even though today’s lesson is focused on the SOCIAL factors, students should be familiar with the other two parts and keep in mind how they are all connected.

In the same small groups, the students will learn more about access to healthcare and higher education, and how those from low-income families have limited access to these resources. In order to go more in-depth, students will watch a short clip about why American Health Care is so expensive. While watching the video, students will think about how Marcell and his family/community are impacted by high healthcare costs and write down their thoughts on the diagram, then discuss afterward.

To learn more about the educational aspect, students will read an excerpt from an article about how access to higher education is becoming more and more unattainable for low-income students. While reading the article, students will identify problems Marcell might face if he pursued a college degree and add these concerns to the diagram. Students are encouraged to make connections to the recent changes made to AccessUVA and their own personal concerns as students when they share with their group.

Thinking about Marcell’s story, the students will collaborate in groups and construct a diagram or chart identifying all of the benefits of income equality, lower healthcare costs and accessible education on an individual level and for society as a whole. How would Marcell’s story be different? Students are encouraged to make connections between income equality and access to healthcare and education.

Reflecting on all of the benefits and taking a look at the three spheres of sustainability, students will discuss where our conversation fits in making a more sustainable society. How does income equality and better access to education and healthcare influence the sustainability and health of our world?

Monday, September 7 – Lesson Plans and ideas on identity and citizenship

As we begin to expand our ideas of citizenship beyond a national identity and into a more global one I thought it might be helpful to shrink down the lens through which we investigated ideas of identity, perception, belonging and how we go about defining our identity, and where that definition might place us as citizens, not just of a country, but of a community or a classroom. For example, I am an American citizen, but I am also a member of the UVA community. So the broad national identity begins the process of defining my identity, then I can narrow it down to a guy from Virginia who attends UVA and my identity just got a little more specific.

With that sort of categorization in mind, I developed Sean’sCitizenshipLesson (clever title, eh?) in an effort to help us take a look at some of the ways in which we choose to present ourselves to the world, and how those decisions classify us as individuals and as citizens of a group or community. Some things to think about as you prepare for, or reflect on, this lesson might be the way in which all of the details of who we are weave themselves together to create a person who is much more complicated than our physical selves show. Or how we, as members of a relatively small community, fit into the very large community of the world. It may seem a little diluted, but these worksheets, Worksheet #1 – favorite things (1)Worksheet #2 – movie clip and work period (1), were meant to help guide us into the discussion by looking at a movie, 8 Mile, that does an interesting job of navigating issues of identity along social and racial lines.