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Teaching Social Justice...

Well, like I said earlier, I'm trying out a Trading Trainers game at school with my senior Ethics class. It's a market strategy game, I guess, a group game, where you have a leader, a Peruvian market, a money-lender, some cost-of-living collectors and some Peruvian families. The families have to make shoes (cut out soles from a template and mark them with a brand - different brands will earn different prices at the market), and sell these at the 'market'. They get paid, but must buy more leather (paper) and scissors and stuff as they can afford it, as well as pay cost of living to the collector (or a member of the family 'dies of malnutrition'). Every five minutes is another week of their lives, and inflation rises every week, with the ring of a bell. The girls spent today preparing the game and are really looking forward to playing it! They left all excited about it!

The message they will hopefully learn is: how hard it is to get out of the poverty cycle, why the poor sometimes stay poor, no matter how hard they work. I hope that the girls learn this, so that as we study part of social justice that asks us to care for the poor, the needy, the marginalised, the girls will realise that that exists for a reason. These people are trapped and need our help and can't all 'save themselves' in some economies. So part of our commitment to justice includes that help for the poor.

In other news... well, teaching is fun. Hard work, but fun. All of my year 11s passed their assessment today, so that made me feel happy. We're starting a new topic on the Holy Spirit at work in the world. My year 10s are starting a campaign to get recycling going in the school, as part of our 'nurture nature' stewards of creation theme this term! I have three new pupils this term too, so there are new names to learn and routines to be explained. And one speaks no English! Nothing new to me, huh!

And the world keeps turning.

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greenpizzazz6
Jul. 24th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
That sounds like such an interesting game. It's fun to learn a lesson and have a good time with it at the same time.

The girls at your school seem very interested in the world. It seems like they notice a problem, and actually do something about it. It's impressive.
natesmountain
Jul. 25th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
-The girls at your school seem very interested in the world. It seems like they notice a problem, and actually do something about it. It's impressive.
I think it's very much a part of the Catholic Mercy (the nuns who founded the school and others like it) tradition of education. Christy goes to a Mercy school too. There are quite a few groups in the school who do good works, Young Vinnies, Amnesty International, Caritas... they all work for good in the community and the bigger world out there! I quite like being a part of that.
greenpizzazz6
Jul. 25th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
I quite like being a part of that
Yeah, that's a really good way for teenagers to be brought up. It's good that they are taught early how impoartant it is to help others in the world.
natesmountain
Jul. 26th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
-It's good that they are taught early how impoartant it is to help others in the world.
Absolutely. I think the whole idea of social justice means (among other things) including help for those who just can't help themselves for a variety of reasons. So it's good for the girls to get that message, that being selfish isn't rewarding in the long run and that it's part of our mission as humans to try to alleviate suffering somehow.

You're a helpful person. That's great. I'd hate to be living a life where I didn't get out there and help others.

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