A pervasive narrative portrays contemporary youth as more plugged-in to their social networks than into social issues. Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World And How You Can, Too! makes a case for the converse through its collection of stories about young people dedicated to making a difference.
Beyond Kim Kardashian on the Middle East: Patterns of Social Engagement among Civically-Oriented Youth
In November 2012, in the midst a particularly tumultuous time between Israel and Palestine, Kim Kardashian tweeted, “Praying for everyone Israel.” Boasting more than 15 million followers, Kardashian is one of the 10 most followed people on the Twitter (at one point in 2012 she had more followers than President Obama, though he has now surpassed her).
Last week, the CMEI hosted former PZer Scott Seider as he spoke about his new book, Character Compass. His talk covered broad issues of character education and outlined his experience studying three Boston schools that have made character development a focus. PZer and HGSE doctoral student Emily Weinstein attended the talk and reflected on Seider’s ideas and her key takeaways.
From the time we enter kindergarten we hear the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” We answer with utmost confidence: a firefighter, a doctor. From a young age, our idealized versions of both jobs and our potential in the workplace take root.