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@ProfRagsdale and #SaturdaySchool Making Social Media Waves

@ProfRagsdale's weekly teach-in, #SaturdaySchool, has been a social media agent of change and awareness for more than two years.  Since beginning #SaturdaySchool in 2011, @ProfRagsdale has used @Twitter as a medium to share ideas, expand awareness about important topics such as domestic violence and social justice education, and create a network of like-minded thinkers and … [Read More...]

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Many of us grew up being shamed for the way we were exploring our sexuality or gender as children.  It continues regularly for adults too. This shame of such personal areas of our lives is difficult to hold at bay, but the fight is worth it.  Shame makes it easier to manipulate us — and […]

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How does teaching intertwine with activism? What about human rights play in the classroom? How much distance should we place between the personal and the professional? These are questions I tackle in my latest entry over at Teaching United States History:   I don’t think there are any easy answers, but I know […]

Human Trafficking Visualized

Although slavery and human trade are outlawed, wars have been waged for emancipation, and documents drafted to uphold the basic human right of freedom, the evil practice is widespread. Although many Americans would like to believe this happens more in distant places than at home, the United States is amongst the worst offenders. Across the […]

Human Rights Statement

Human rights — the idea that every human has rights we are born with — is still an idea. Although many work to promote human rights, many others work for profit, greed, and power. The struggle to define, justify, and solidify human rights for all people is ongoing, and we know that education and compassion […]