February 20th is the World Day of Social Justice, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Today we recognize the need for social justice and support efforts to improve human well-being in an ever growing world. But before we can take part in this work, it is helpful to explore what is involved in the term social justice.
Last week we briefly discussed how well Population Education resources align with the 21st Century curriculum. Today we are going to focus on one of the themes of 21st Century Skills, Global Awareness. Specifically, “using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues”, as the framework states.
Since the end of WWII, the GDP (gross domestic product) has been the definitive measurement of a country’s economic growth and welfare.
The 21st Century Curriculum focuses on distinct skills that students must learn and master throughout their education. But looking beyond the classroom, the curriculum also focuses on students’ futures within their communities and in the workplace.
Over the past five years, Population Education has facilitated over 1,800 workshops for college and university pre-service classes in North America. That comes as no surprise to us. These days more than ever, education professors are looking for high-quality professional development to prepare their students for the rigors of classroom teaching in the 21st century. Professors agree that our workshops fit the bill.
In the film, “Hope in a Changing Climate,” reviewed last month, there is a discussion of overgrazing leading to soil desertification. But how does this happen? When livestock eat plants down to the roots, the plants grow short, unsustainable roots and eventually, the plants will stop growing altogether. This leaves large open areas with no vegetation where the soil is exposed to the elements.
The World of 7 Billion student video contest deadline is one month away. Here are some tips to help you create a successful video. Find full contest information at www.Worldof7Billion.org/student_video_contest.