Beauty standards around the world…

From Buzzfeed comes this cool new video about beauty standards and photoshop. It was sent to me by one of my former 8th graders (and during her summer vacation too!). Gotta love that advocacy in action.

Let’s talk about body image…

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Not sure when this whole “thigh gap” thing got started, but it’s upsetting when a trend encourages girls to try and alter their basic shape… to fit into a mold that’s just not genetically possible for most. Unrealistic ideals can lead to anxiety, serious body image issues, eating disorders, unhealthy coping skills, and just an

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Challenging the norms about teen drinking…

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Lately, much of my focus in class has been on getting the kids to challenge norms… things we’ve been conditioned to view as “rites of passage”. President Obama mentioned this in his 2010 speech about bullying, and I think it’s something we should look at when it comes to our other content areas as well.

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