This page is updated daily with short discussion topics – sharing news items, reflections and debates relevant to ThoughtBox curriculum topics. Shared directly from our Facebook Page, Little Thinks are ideal discussion ideas to use in morning registration with students, to kick-start their thinking every day.
As Mandela famously said, "people must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love".
As our media continues to serve daily doses of division, fearmongering and hatred through stories from across the world, it is perhaps more important than ever for us educators to think carefully and be conscious about how we are working to support positive emotions in our children.
This insightful article from an educator confronts an education system that is failing to consciously teach love and is subconsciously allowing forms of white supremacy to breed.
An interesting read with much food for thought and ideas to debate...
An educator confronts the failures of an education system that breeds white supremacy. White supremacy did not appear as a surprise guest to this weekend’s events. It is a plague that permeates every aspect of our shared society. At the same time as it threatens to strip people of color of their liv...
Have you ever wondered how it is possible to buy clothes so cheaply in some shops? When a t-shirt costs the same as a loaf of bread, someone out there is paying the price for your cheap bargain. But who?
Our ThoughtBox curriculum on CLOTHES goes behind the scenes of the textile industry, looking at the stories behind fast fashion, unearthing tales of slavery within the fashion industry and helping children to make smarter, more ethical choices when it comes to buying clothes.
This video is a good introduction to some of the ideas discussed in our curriculum:
— Products shown: Bespoke SMSC Curriculum.On April 24th, 2013 the world of fashion stood still for a couple of seconds. In Dhaka, Bangladesh a poorly built textile factory collapsed and became a symb... ...
When armed white supremacists took to the streets on Saturday, the US (and the wider world) called for public condemnation. It took President Trump three days to call out racism and denounce white nationalists.
What do those three days of not speaking up tell us about his thoughts? How loud does his silence sound?
How and when would you find your voice about hatred and violence happening around you? Would you keep quiet? Would you speak out? Would you protest? Or would you work to stop hatred from spreading in the first place?
Part of what ThoughtBox is doing in schools is supporting young people to find their voice, to learn to look beyond their differences and to come together with all people around them in peace.
Hate begets hate, violence begets violence. Open your mouth and let your peaceful voice be heard. ...
And if he had spoken up the very first day he would have been slammed for not giving every group their fair share at what this screwed up country feels is free speech. He may have been doing what we all should be doing which is taking that extra day to think about what to say and the best way to say it. You see what happens when people find their voice but fail to find the correct format or audience to receive what they are saying. Blame, hate, miscommunication, Civil War. This is not an issue caused by Trump. It's a reflection of the lack guidance we the people have had from our previous leaders and the lack of responsibility and accountability we the people have taken upon ourselves.
"Our futures are the dreams we have as kids turned into reality"
Ash and his team of clowns, musicians and dancers are 'play specialists' who work with children in refugee camps across Europe, spreading the beauty of play and allowing children to be kids again and to forget, even if just for a moment, what is happening around them.
Here at ThoughtBox, we love thinking and exercising the brain. We also know just how vital it is for physical and emotional health to rest, reconnect and to be out in nature. So we have used the first few weeks of the school holidays to take some time out from the hustle and bustle of regular workin...
Are you (or your children) part of the iGen era? If so, read on...
Extensive research into behaviour patterns of generations (The Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials etc.) is showing just how dramatic the impact of smart phones is upon the "iGen" (children born between 1995 and 2012) as not only are they growing up in a fully digitised world, they also have the added pressures of social media and the complexities that come with a childhood of being constantly connected.
Learn more from this short, insightful article as to just how much of an impact smart phones are having on young people's mental health.
ThoughtBox shared Rob Greenfield's video — feeling inspired.
3 weeks ago
We are delighted to welcome Earth.Food.Love - the UK's only Zero Waste shop - to the ThoughtBox NGT network 🙂
Our NGTs (*New Generation Thinkers) are inspired organisations and practitioners working within the fields of education, sustainability, cross-cultural engagement and social development) to support a better world,
Rob Greenfield To keep plastic off our plates and out of our oceans, this couple started a Zero Waste Shop where every single food sold is package free! Like their page Earth.Food.Love and learn more at www.thezerowasteshop.co.uk...
According to a Grade 12 student in the USA, "What makes a great teacher is someone who teaches you more than just that subject. They teach you how to be a better person, how to act everyday, and live your life to the fullest. Teachers teach, but great teachers help us learn and live."