Category Archives: Empathy

Malala Yousafzai And Kailash Satyarthi: Contrasting Approaches Come Together for Peace. (OR: OMG OMG OMG Malala Wins Nobel Peace Prize!)

Waiting for my coffee to brew at dawn this morning I got an instant jolt scanning news on my phone when I saw the headline Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize. My heart did somersaults and my brain thought: OMYGOD. OMYGOD. OMYGOD. OMYGOD.  I almost didn’t need the coffee anymore. This…

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How ANY Classroom Can Become a Global Classroom—In Five Easy Steps

(I wrote this post for National Geographic Education’s blog in the spring. Thanks to all the readers who made this one of their most widely read articles ever! Here’s the link to the original piece, or read it below. Thanks for stopping by!) An ongoing communication with an enthusiastic social studies teacher in a large…

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Talking to My Ten-Year Old About the Kidnapping of Nigerian School Girls – #BringBackOurGirls

Beyond our usual “what’s the best thing that happened to you today” conversation at dinnertime, we’ve added some social media sharing  – talking about a video or story that’s gone viral that day. Our first time watching Pharrell’s “Happy” or Kid President’s Pep Talk came after a dinner conversation. It’s a great way to share…

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Make Earth Day a Global Learning Day

(Note: This piece was originally published on Edutopia here) During the first Earth Day in 1970, tens of thousands of Vietnam War protestors took to Central Park in New York and Fairmount Park in Philadelphia calling for peace on earth. Today, the movement has grown substantially and quietly, shifting attention toward the science documenting alarming…

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How can the cultural priority to “save face” trump the safety of a child? Exposing a Pedophile

A friend recently wrote a blog post entitled “Betrayed by Silence: My Personal Story as a Survivor of Sexual Abuse,” where he exposes the pedophile, a close family member, who abused him beginning at age 9.  The honest and courageous story is stunning on many levels. I read it a few days ago and have…

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5 Reasons First Indian-American Crowned Miss America Represents Best Aspirations for “Modern” America

I didn’t watch Miss America, but now I wish I had.  Monday morning I woke up to a fascinating news feed about backlash on the winner, Miss NY, an Indian-American, and a first.  But just as her mascara-punctuated tears began to flow as the tiara graced her perfect coif, the haters on Twitter reared their…

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