Monthly Archives: September 2015

Education for Global Competence

Curriculum on how to educate students for global competence, defined as understanding global issues and being able to take positive action.

Click to access book-globalcompetence.pdf

Groups that promote global education include the International Baccalaureate, Oxfam, the Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network, and Facing History and Ourselves. Groups that promote international youth communication include TakingITGlobal, Bridges to Understanding, World Savvy, and iEARN.

Occupy demonstrations against the 1% mapped

The Guardian newspaper listed and mapped 746 Occupy sites around the world in 2011. The map clusters in North America and Europe.

US Millennial Characteristics

Interviews with 1,029 young people ages 18 to 29 in 2012 were supervised by Professor Jeffrey Arnett who developed the concept of emerging adulthood.  They are most likely to define adulthood as being responsible for yourself: Only 16% get regular financial help from their parents. Most of the students are also working. More than half (55%) have contact with their parents almost every day, plus 24% communicate at least a few times a week. However, 30% feel their parents are more involved than they want them to be; Latino and African American young adults are more like to have this viewpoint than white respondents. Similar to other studies, they’re altruistic as 86% want to have a career that does some good and 79% think it’s more important to enjoy work than make a lot of money.
Most (four out of five) of the young Americans are satisfied with their lives but nearly one-third report they are often depressed and 30% often feel life is not going well for them. Younger people, women, and those from lower economic backgrounds more often expressed difficulties. As to whom they rely on for support, they said romantic partner, mothers, friends, and fathers (only 5%) in that order. Nearly half (47%) said they sometimes spend too much time on social networking sites and about a third feel anxious if they can’t check electronic message every few hours. More than one-quarter are not in a romantic relationship (29%) but most (86%) expect to have a lasting marriage. As many men as women expect to have to give up some career goals to nurture family life. Less than half think it’s OK to have hook up sexually without emotional involvement (33% of women and 52% of men think it’s OK in the biggest gender gap).
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett and Joseph Schwab, the Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults, December 2012.

Click to access clark-university-poll-emerging-adults-findings.pdf

Feminist Magazines for Girls

New Moon is a magazine edited by and for girls ages 8 to 14, since 1992.[i] Other magazines for teens include Rookie (online), Scarleteen, Shameless Magazine, and Teen Voices. Girl Talk magazine in the UK includes a Girl Talk Promise in each issue including “I will love myself the way I am,” and “I believe girls are equal to boys.” The magazine organized a feminist campaign for tweens called #Girls Are Amazing.[ii] Editors realized “the media for girls is rotten and we’re part of it,” referring to sexualized pop stars and makeover computer games that teach girls their main goal is to be attractive.

GirlZone is an advice blog, claiming to be one of the first and few independent websites for teen girls, launched in 1997.[iii] Scarleteen: Sex Ed for the Real World is a site for girls to get accurate information about sex, including a place to ask specific questions about relationships, sexuality, and gender issues.[iv] When she was 16, Juliette Brindak created a site called Miss O & Friends that attracts about 3.5 million unique monthly visitors. She now earns


[ii] Bea Appleby, “Feminism for Pre-Teens,” The Guardian, May 4, 2014.



Pakistani Teaches Girls

Every time Sister Zeph opens the doors of the Zephaniah Free School to its 200 students, she strengthens the chorus of voices for change in her country. Roughly 5.5 million school-aged children in Pakistan are not in school—the second highest number in the world. More than half of Pakistan’s out-of-school children are girls. These are the statistics Sister Zeph is up against.

There was a time when Sister Zeph struggled in isolation with the dangers and challenges of her chosen profession, as the sole teacher for over 100 girls.  “I used to cry in my loneliness because every passing day my workload was increasing.”–Community–9_23_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2ba7a2ad38-c916911d8d-415500373

Young adults lack ambition in films

Any thoughts about portraying young adults as lacking ambition?
In a romantic comedy, “Two Night Stand” (2014) the anti-heroine is dumped by her boyfriend because she lacks ambition. She recently completed her pre-med university degree because she wanted to be with her boyfriend, although all she wants is to be a wife and mother. The film end with her kissing the man she met on a dating site in reaction to being dumped although neither have a place to live. Megan mirrors another Megan, a young woman in “Laggies” who also has no career or ambition, although the role is usually pinned on young men–or not so young in “Failure to Launch.”

Females Expected to be Wonder Woman

As a consequence of media images of the beautiful woman in a business suit energetically carrying a brief case and baby, Barnard College president Debora Spar warned in her book Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection that her generation (she’s 50), thought that they could do anything. They also thought they should do everything well like TV character Clair Huxtable   Her generation made the mistake of “privatizing feminism” as neoliberal individualism teaches us. When they don’t live up to their standards of perfection, they feel guilty and like failures. Spar observed that as managers, they tend to be more empathetic than men but to care too much about being liked. When Mattel toy company designed a talking Barbie they felt they should reassure girls they don’t have to be wonder girls. Julia Pistor, Mattel vice president explained, ‘‘The subtext that is there that we would not do for boys is: ‘You don’t have to be perfect. It is O.K. to be messy and flawed and silly.’ ’’  The new Barbie also had flat feet instead of high heel feet and less makeup.
James Vlahos, “Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child,” New York Times, September 16, 2015.