On Thursday, tenth graders went to the National Museum of the American Indian to further their research on matriarchal societies. In Global History, tenth graders are researching the social structures that have caused divisions and inequity in this society: namely gender, race, and class, as well as alternatives to the approach this society has taken to these social divisions by examining other societies across geography and history. By the end of the semester, students will construct their ideal societies. Using their research about the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) of New York State, Pueblo societies of the Southwest, the Musuo of Southwestern China, and other matriarchal societies past and present, the tenth graders will examine whether or not gender equity is possible in human societies.
UN Women, the Malala Fund, and the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) presented the documentary, He Named Me Malala, as an extension of the Students Stand With Malala youth screening program, a collaboration between Participant Media and the Malala Fund. It was a special screening in honor of United Nations Human Rights Day and the last day of 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls. There was also a panel discussion after the film. The event was held at the United Nations, and many of our students attended.
This was a great opportunity extended to the student through our participation with Global Kids.
Chin-a's Civics class had a chance to go to City Hall and meet with various officials, including Maya Wiley, Counsel to the Mayor.
Friday, May 30th
On Wednesday, March 19th, one of our US History classes took a trip to the Whitney Museum for a guided tour of the 2014 Whitney Biennial and a studio work session. Our tour guide led us through in depth discussion of three different pieces in the Biennial, focusing on how the artists' work and intentions connect with our course essential questions for the year: "Who is 'American'?" and "How does social change happen?". Students saw the many ways visual art and socio-political issues can overlap, and enjoyed the process of discussing the work so deeply. Many students remarked that the experience was eye-opening and revealed how rewarding and important it can be to investigate something in depth. After the tour, our guide brought us to the Whitney's studio space where students had the chance to create their own works of art in response to either of our course questions. The guide remarked that she was impressed by how thoughtful and creative the group was; they created some thought-provoking pieces to display in our halls.
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