Monthly Archives: July 2011

Killings in Syria

This is an unusual opening to a posting about Killings in Syria, but bear with me… I promise it all connects. I just watched Peter Gabriel Fights Injustice With Video, a TED talk from 2006 by the famous musician and … Continue reading

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Learning About Islam

For the past few years as a world history teacher, I had the benefit of teaching about Ramadan — the ninth month of the Islamic calendar when a good number of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims fast from sunup to … Continue reading

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Make time to listen — and listen well

I was listening to an 8-minute TED Talk this evening called Five Ways To Listen Better.  The speaker, Julian Treasure, made the point that our schools don’t teach listening and they should — it’s an important skill. I couldn’t agree … Continue reading

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Half the World — one woman’s story

This is part two of a two-part post.  If you are reading this without first having read “Half the World — setting the scene,” please read that posting first to set the scene. Now that we know where Meerwala is … Continue reading

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Half the World — setting the scene

Half of the world is made up of women.  Yet when we teach history, women are often left out of the picture.  To address this imbalance, Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, two Pulitzer Prize winning authors (they are also husband … Continue reading

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