17. Poverty, Population and Education at the root?
Yesterday students made small cause and effect diagrams for their topic:
Today, they came up with ideas for problems that popped up a lot and that had cause and effect arrows pointing away from them. They generated “Overpopulation”, “Poverty” most often. None came up with “over-consumption” – always difficult to see the mirror turned on ourselves.
Then asked groups to consider why many parents want to have lots of kids. Maybe should have also considered why people over consume. Doh! Anyway, they came up with sophisticated stuff as above. Finally, I dropped in “Education” and asked which things that could change and improve. Added in all kinds of arrows. It’s surprising how central an issue education, particularly of girls is. Nice literature link here to “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson by the way.
And effects of global warming:
They had to trace how chickens are sort of responsible for forest fires. Indirectly although playing with matches in the coop…
All the prompts are in TAP act.11 sheet.
Karen observed a class and said they seemed really interested and engaged in studying and making these diagrams and working out the connections. I’m glad because I was thinking I was just talk, talk, talking!
Tired though, time to go home! Sue
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