I have amazing colleagues. Yesterday, during a quick chat at the copier, Ariel Maloney and I discussed ideas that would blend current events, nonfiction reading, and discussion. Given, too, that Mrs. Maloney walks the talk EVERY DAY about teaching for social justice, it made sense that she would use the current injustices of what’s been happening in Flint, MI to do that work.
I asked her if she’d type up all her materials so I could push them out on her behalf in the hope that more of us could build on her work to make our students aware of what is happening right here in the United States (because I talked about it with my students this week, too, and they were agog that clean water wasn’t a given everywhere in the country). Believe me, they want to know. If you dig a little deeper, too, these discussions open an important level of discussion about race, access, class…yup, this issue lets you go there (and, I argue, as educators, we should go there).
I tend to think it’s all of our responsibility to teach what matters. The materials below offer a road map for how we can do that work.
Case Study-Flint, MI Flint MI Case Study Mrs. Maloney’s contact information is on her materials in case you want to contact her, ask her question or give her props for her excellent work.
Image of Flint water from: https://cdn4.dogonews.com/images/78b27af9-041f-4a8d-817f-cc668f9ae2eb/flint-water-top-compressed.jpg
6 responses to “Teaching Flint, MI, Teaching Social Justice: Curriculum Materials to Use With Students”
This is amazing. Please share my thanks with Mrs. Maloney, and thanks to you for posting!!
Thanks, Marie! I’ll tell her.
Using this next week.
Yes! When the world gives us material, we have to use it. Thanks!
Living on Earth has a great interview with an environmentalist about Flint. Nice addition to a text set: http://loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=16-P13-00004&segmentID=1
Roger Moore adds more information: http://michaelmoore.com/10FactsOnFlint/