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Tue, May 02, 2006

Talking Over the Wall - Lesson plan on a conflict over right to social protest

Fencing Off Quebec Back in April of 2001, the Summit of the Americas was scheduled to meet in Quebec to discuss various free trade proposals. President Bush and the 33 other national leaders were planning to be in attendance, and after the summit meeting in late 1999 where protesters disrupted the meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle, leaders were nervous. They didn’t want a repeat of the televised images of violent clashes that happened in Seattle. In hopes of reducing the threat of protest, under orders from the mayor of Quebec, crews worked to erect almost three miles of chain-link fence and concrete highway abutments, which, when combined with natural barriers already in place, would create an almost 6-mile long barrier around the conference center where the meeting was scheduled to take place.

This Lesson Plan on social conflict entitled Talking Over the Wall, provided by the New York Times as part of their Daily Lesson Plan series, engages students around the issue of social protest and policy change.

Students are asked to:
1. Write a journal about conflict using a phrase from the article as a starting point.
2. Learn about the conflict over the Summit of the Americas held in Quebec by reading and discussing the article “Quebec Journal: A Chain-Link Fence Rankles an Old Walled City.”
3. As a class, brainstorm school policies that students would like to see changed and choose one.
4. In groups, discuss their positions on this policy.
5. As a class, conduct a mock meeting during which this policy is discussed.
6. Write a plan for either the protesters or the delegates at the Summit of the Americas to deal with conflicts that might arise during the conference.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 05 02 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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Mon, May 01, 2006

Giant Peace Dove Puppet Instructions Set

Jane Goodall and friends have been supporting an annual day of peace actions known as the Roots and Shoots Day of Peace, held on September 30th in conjunction with the UN’s International Day of Peace. In support of the event, groups are invited to download instructions for building a giant Peace Dove Puppet, or if desired a smaller, kid-friendly version with a secret message of peace inside. There is also a song to go with it. Great stuff!

peace dove puppet


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 05 01 | Filed under Fun Stuff  

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Quaker Pendle Hill Pamphlets Collection

Quaker Pamphlet Pendle Hill is a retreat center near Philadelphia that was founded in 1930 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The center, open to people of all faiths, seeks to apply the various tenets of the Religious Society of Friends to education in “preparation for usefulness in the field of religion and social action”. Since 1934 Pendle Hill has published a series of pamphlets on topics of special interest to their guests.  A typical pamphlet has certain characteristics which “make it an apt vehicle for experimental thought”. It should be the right length to be read easily at a single sitting. It should portray a single thesis without wandering from it. It must be concerned with a topic of contemporary (though not necessarily topical) importance. And a Quaker pamphlet must embody a concern.

More than 300 pamphlets have been issued since Vincent Nicholson?s Cooperation and Coercion as Methods of Social Change began the series. Some of these pamphlets have been written by persons who have lived and worked at Pendle Hill as students and staff or who have attended conferences or visited as sojourners. Others come from a wider community of seekers. Many of these pamphlets had gone out of print, but now volunteers from Pendle Hill have begun making them available online as pdfs. The Pendle Hill Pamphlets collection covers a broad range of topics including nonviolence, pacifism, different forms of power, building community and more.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2006 05 01 | Filed under Learning Objects  

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