Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How Do We Get Kids to Care

Next installment of my podcast series. This podcast examines how high school can foster compassion and empathy in students. The podcast was inspired by a program supported by Facing History and Ourselves. The organization has built a program around the documentary Reporter. The documentary follows Kristof on a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and introduces the audience to how Kristof uses social science and journalism to, "expand his readers' universe of responsibility." A series of discussions and resources have been posted on the Facing History site to facilitate exchanges about the documentary.

The story inspired met to think about moving students beyond a basic level of understanding about contemporary events to develop stronger emotional connections. Take a listen and let me know what you think.