Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Loss In the Lives of Children

Jennifer Greene tells the story of the Bitterroot Salish's forced removal from their homes in 1891. Her story is in the Fall edition of Teaching Tolerance; it is titled Connected to Everything. She tells the story of one family who lost their home.

Many of our students today are also dealing with loss: foreclosures, death, divorce, moving. In the Extension Activities she shows ways to constructively cope with loss. She gives some concrete examples of connecting what happened to her ancestor's in the Bitterroot Valley and our students today.

The quarterly magazine Teaching Tolerance is a project from the Southern Poverty Law Center; I have found it to be timely and very thought provoking. The article and lesson ideas by Jennifer Greene I believe will provide classes with the opportunity to discuss what happened in the past as well as what is happening to our students in contemporary America.

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