Look for the BCTF Social Justice Newsletter online also! Find the Recommended URL links at your fingertips. For Social Justice Local Contacts and School Social Justice Contacts you will be able to find this posted on the new Social Justice Listserve that you have access to. Please add your suggestions and ideas too!
My approach has been to use resources that present the topics in the most interesting manner, to focus on examples that I am most familiar with and to adjust the course to group I have. As far as the classes I have taught thus far, I feel I have planted seeds that will be harvested after students have graduated. For some teachers, they cover less content, and harvest activists on site. It is important to get to know your class and interpret where on the seed to harvest spectrum your students are. Ultimately, it is nice to harvest immediately, but it is also important to establish a well-cultivated field.
Baseline Resources: The Ministry IRP and Sample Units and BCTF recommendations
SJ 12 Teacher Guide and Assessment Support http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/program_delivery/ss.htm
Greenpeace: (Taking A Stand http://www.urth.tv/content/view/24382/449/ ) (Trailer):
Film (http://www.filmwest.com/Catalogue/itemdetail/3306/ )
UNICEF ( http://www.unicef.org/ )
Social Justice: Transforming Structures, Policies and Lives
South Africa Water Policy http://www.humanrights-geneva.info/Court-ruling-on-water-in-South,3081
Comfort Women http://bcjournal.org/2008/comfort-women/
The Arts: Art, Music and Literature to Forward Social Justice
Hip Hop http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/classroom/hiphop.html
Art (Google SJ Art) http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/005583.html
Iron Maiden on Unit 731 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbNyIzpsAoQ
World Aids Day: online resource http://www.avert.org/media/pdfs/hivaidslessons.pdf or (http://www.vicaids.asn.au/contentfilesuploaded/Lesson%20Plans.pdf ) or basic information (http://ippmedia.com/ipp/guardian/2008/12/01/127362.html)
United Nations Agreements on Human Rights http://www.hrweb.org/legal/undocs.html
Free Public Education
The Privatization of American Schools http://www.inmotionmagazine.com/pnpriv1.html
Privatization of Public Education: http://www.quasar.ualberta.ca/css/Css_35_4/CLiconclast_john_mcmurtry.htm
Beyond the Classroom: Taking a Stand and Making a Difference
The BCTF website has posted a calendar of national and international events at http://www.bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Social_Justice/SJCalendar.pdf I teach my course in the first semester so I focus on the Sixteen Days of action campaign as a unit, and I touch base on the other dates when I am teaching that topic.
Sept World Rivers Day/ March 22 World Water Day http://www.ourrivers.ca/
Oct 18 Persons Day http://www.pc.gc.ca/canada/proj/fcdv-wwv/itm1-/index_e.asp
Sept Paws for A Cause Walk SPCA http://www.spca.bc.ca/walk/
Oct 17 Anti-Cyberbullying: http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/index2.html
Nov 25- Dec 6 Sixteen Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against women
Dec 1 Worlds Aids Day http://www.avert.org/media/pdfs/hivaidslessons.pdf
Dec 10 Human Rights Day http://www.ohchr.org/EN/UDHR/Pages/60UDHRIntroduction.aspx
Feb 20 UN World Day of Social Justice http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/social/intldays/IntlJustice/
Use a variety of approaches when covering topics: video discussions, research, school campaigns, posters, debate, presenters, essays, class presentations, symposiums, response writings, Powerpoints, interviews, websites and any other creative idea.
I praise the students of Abbotsford for their ongoing persistence to have Social Justice 12 in their schools. This is social justice in action. We can see that the endorsement of individual rights is paramount for democratic society to operate, as it should. Whether it is race, class, religion gender, ability or sexual orientation, no group should be entitled to trump the rights of another group, and even though we may disagree with their stance, we are responsible to acknowledge our own stance has been granted to us, only because we respect the rights of others. The Social Justice 12 curriculum promotes personal agency, collective solidarity, social and political leadership and compassionate critical thinking. It is my hope that we all come to recognize that an egalitarian society is a collective of differences paradoxically coexisting within a universal whole where equity and dignity become the essence of society.
Update: June 2/2009-06-02
Great New Videos
Saving Luna (Animal rights, Conservation, First Nations)