Category Archives: Tolerance & Diversity

cosas que puedes hacer con Cajas de Cartón (el cuento corto), Parte 1

Students can get into Cajas de Cartón, the widely-read short story by Francisco Jiménez, by examining sustainability themes.  The ideas below focus on using the title to explore multiple perspectives and experiences within the story and beyond, as well creative … Continue reading

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La Conquista de las Américas

It is difficult to avoid the implicit (and at times explicit) racism in most re-tellings of the conquest of the Americas:  “The defeat of the Aztec and Incan civilizations by small bands of Spanish conquistadores must reflect the superiority of … Continue reading

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Cuentos: La Vida en el Bosque Tropical

You’re probably familiar with the Rain Forest Alliance.  In addition to the Spanish-language version of their web site and excellent curriculum materials in English, you can download seven libros de cuentos virtuales about children living in rain forests in Central … Continue reading

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Canastitas en Serie: un cuento corto

The enigmatic B Traven‘s short story Canastitas en Serie offers intriguing possibilities to explore a range of sustainability themes: sustainable economics, an individual’s and a culture’s relationship with the environment, quality of life, tolerance and diversity, the impact of place on culture, … Continue reading

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Two short activities with maps

“Nuestro Norte es el Sur” Estas palabras del artista uruguayo Joaquín Torres-García acompañó este dibujo famoso del América del Sur al revés. One of the habits of mind essential to creating sustainable communities is to seek to understand and value … Continue reading

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Yasunízate-should some oil be left in the ground?

In 2009 Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa offered a pact to the world:  If the international community contributes to a fund to offset half the cost to the national economy, Ecuador will refrain from exploiting the oil reserves beneath its Parque Nacional … Continue reading

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Microquito: Stories about a city

What is funny, sad, unique, horrible, weird, beautiful, outrageous, boring or inspiring about where you live? How do places shape our sense of self and community? How does where we live impact us and how do we impact where we live? … Continue reading

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Walter Solón-“La Conciencia Social del Arte”

Walter Solón Romero (1932-1999), a multi-faceted and prolific bolivian artist, believed in the power of art to transform the world.  During his lifetime he suffered imprisonment, torture, exile and the “disappearance” of his stepson.  His art reflects suffering and hope, … Continue reading

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safe schools for all: LGBT & everybody

Maybe this has happened to you:  I remember in my first years of teaching two boys approached me, snickering, to ask if they could be a gay couple in the skits the students were creating about families.  Imagining the stereotype-filled … Continue reading

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TUNZA: una revista ecológica internacional para jóvenes y por jóvenes

Tunza is a magazine produced by UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program) and written by and for young people across the globe.  Each magazine, available on their web site in PDF format, focuses on a particular environmental theme addressed from a … Continue reading

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