When Singapore middle school principal Mike Johnston shared this video of a man living in a luxury apartment building in Singapore parking his high-end sports car in his living room, I thought it might be part of a sci-fi movie or a satiric piece of filmmaking.
But what a great humane education tool such a video is!
Imagine showing this film to a group of high school students and asking what they think of it. My guess is that a lot of them will think it’s very cool. Then imagine discussing it in the context of global issues, poverty, global warming, inequality. Imagine asking questions about rights and responsibilities. About freedom and inequity. Think of the lively discussion that would ensue.
If you do share this video in the context of education, remember to keep your own perspectives to yourself. The job of the educator is to share knowledge and instill the skills of creative and critical thinking, not to indoctrinate with personal ideologies. By using an activity like True Price, which examines the real costs of our consumer choices to people, animals and the earth, you enable your students to come to their own conclusions and devise their own actions to respond to the knowledge they gain.
Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm; Above All, Be Kind; and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDxDirigo talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach“
My TEDxConejo talk: “Solutionaries”
My TEDxYouth@CEHS “How to Be a Solutionary”
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