It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to Kehkashan Basu, our first guest writer for Kindred Spirits. Kehkashan is the 2016 winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize for her work to protect the environment.
Don’t you just love when things fall into place? That is exactly what happened to create this mini-unit on social justice using the movie “Zootopia.” I’d watched the movie in the theater and thought, “Hmm … this would be interesting to teach,” and then, like so many interesting ideas, it just got lost in the shuffle.
Have you ever wondered how many elected women presidents or prime ministers there have been in the world? Ten, 20, 40? Please hold your guess for a moment. Ask a few of your students. Maybe text a few friends. Maybe few of your most feminist-aware friends. What did everyone come up with? Did anyone come up with fifty? We bet most weren't even close.
A few years ago, I was eating dinner with a colleague at a restaurant in Seattle after a long day of filming (we don’t actually use film anymore) for the PBS NewsHour. A few tables away, I saw what appeared to be three generations of a family—a grandfather, parents and a couple of kids.