The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Today's Young People

There's lots of talk about the youth of today. How they're self-centered. How they're shallow.

However, do we challenge them enough? Do we give them opportunities to think of others? Do ensure they have the guidance and the chance to do something selfless?

My middle-schoolers are working on resolutions for Civitas. Civitas is an organization here in St. Louis that--every year--hosts several mock-general assemblies of the United Nations. Earlier in the school year students did research, chose a country, and then studied what problems they're grappling with.



Our resolutions
All 20 resolutions from my students cannot be discussed, as there will be two other schools meeting on the same day as we do. Therefore, two resolutions have been chosen: Ghana's resolution and Australia's resolution. (Go to the link right under the photo--from last year--to see the resolutions that are "live" so far.)

The students will present the resolution. The representatives from the other countries will take notes, and then have a chance to voice their concerns and suggestions. Then, each one will be voted on.

This is a free program, and has gotten my students so excited about real world problems. Who knows? Some day, they might actually become a member of the United Nations...







10 comments:

  1. Best of luck to your students! I hope everything is resolved to their satisfaction, and if not, that they come away with a new perspective.

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    1. Val--Thanks. They're really enjoying it.

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  2. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage students and increase their awareness.

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    1. Linda--Awareness... That's a perfect word. Just from doing the research, they've become more aware.

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  3. Well done! Always good when students are engaged in the world we live in!

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    1. Cathy--Since someday soon, they're the one who will be running our world, we had BETTER engage them, right?

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  4. Once again, you prove why you're a terrific teacher. These opportunities for mock participation are wonderful. Thanks for being part of the lives and education of the kids that will some day run our world.

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    1. Lisa--They have to be an improvement over some we have now. (And thanks.)

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  5. I ditto all the above comments.

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    1. Marcia--If you met my students, you would be so impressed. They're fine young men and women... I'm just lucky to be able to work with them.

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