Intersections: Report on Girls (2016)

October 22, 2016 by Bill Ivey
Recently, a CBS photo-essay entitled “Top 35 countries to be a girl” shared information from a report released by Save the Children on this year’s International Day of the Girl. The top 15 were all from Europe, with Sweden, Finland, and Norway leading the way; the Europeans claimed 24 of the top 35 spots. New Zealand was the top non-European country (16th), Israel the top Asian country (17th), Canada the top North American country (19th), and Algeria the top African country (31st). No South American countries made the list. The United States did squeak into the top 35, following Algeria at 32nd. (CBS)


Filed Under: International Day of the Girl, Feminism, Global Perspective, Intersections, civil rights

Textbook Cases

October 12, 2015 by Bill Ivey

I’ve been playing and replaying in my head the conversation the IB History 2 class had, a couple of weeks ago on the day I subbed, about textbooks and objectivity. With acknowledgment that the more one replays a memory, the more one can unknowingly alter it…

Filed Under: anti-racism, social justice, IB, Education, Global Perspective

Where It Starts

October 01, 2015 by Bill Ivey

Last Tuesday, as I walked into Karen Pleasant’s IB History classroom, I honestly wasn’t 100% sure what to expect. I knew and liked all the kids (four had been in my Humanities 7 class, two more had joined us for their eighth grade year, I had taught several in Upper School Rock Band, and all the rest were familiar faces who always smiled at and sometimes talked with me even though we had no formal connection). And I was clear on what Karen had asked me to do with them. What I didn’t know was how it would work in practice.

Filed Under: Girls Schools, Education, Global Perspective