Breaking Down Education Barriers for Girls

Task Force: Breaking Down Education Barriers for Girls Congratulations! You have been hired by UNICEF as part of a research team to investigate the biggest issues that girls around the world face when it comes to accessing education.  Why Are We Doing This? Around the world, girls still face logistical, cultural, and financial barriers to […]

Diversifying Disney

Task Force: Diversifying Disney  Congratulations! You have just been hired as an executive at Disney and it will be your job to decide which movies get made. Your goal is to make sure more diverse stories get told so you must figure out how you will find the right scripts and what criteria you will […]

Land Back

Task Force: Land Back Congratulations! You have been asked to join the planning committee for COP27, the international climate conference happening in Egypt in 2022. You want to ensure that the voices of indigenous communities are listened to by the government leaders in attendance.   Why Are We Doing This? Indigenous activists argue that returning to […]

Alternatives to Single Use Plastic

Task Force: Alternatives to Single Use Plastic  Congratulations! You’re the head of product development at a major fast food chain (of your choice). One of the states where you operate just made a law that all packaging must be free of single-use plastic in the next three years. Now, you must decide how you will […]

Teaching Equity vs Equality

Introduction The terms “equality” and “equity” come up regularly in conversations about social issues. The rights of racial minorities, women, LGBTQ+ communities, disabled individuals, and more depend on the interpretation and use of these terms in laws and policies. These terms are often used interchangeably, but this mistake can have real-life implications.  Equality refers to […]

Teaching the Paradox of Tolerance

Introduction The Paradox of Tolerance is a seemingly counterintuitive idea, proposed by philosopher Karl Popper, that says “in order to maintain a tolerant society, the society must be intolerant of intolerance.” Being tolerant of different ideas and opinions is a cornerstone of democratic societies, but when those societies allow hateful ideas and opinions, that very […]

Teaching The Trolley Problem

Introduction The Trolley Problem is a classic thought experiment that encourages students to critically think about how they judge decisions as “good” and “bad”. It also acts as an introduction to the philosophical concepts of deontology and utilitarianism. Neither the instructor nor the students need to have a background in philosophy in order to fully […]

Teaching the Modes of Persuasion

Introduction Being able to make a sound, well-reasoned argument is a key skill that has both academic and real-life applications. Also, when teaching students to engage with current events and social issues, it’s essential that they learn how to form sound arguments about their opinions. When thinking about how to teach argumentation, the best place […]

Destroying the Dowry System

Task Force: Destroying the Dowry System Congratulations! You and your friends started a gender equality club at your school. For your first campaign, you have decided that you want to help support women fighting against the practice of the dowry in their local communities. You must educate yourself on the practice and decide how you […]

Fighting for Gender Neutral Restrooms

Task Force: Fighting for Gender Neutral Restrooms Congratulations! You work for an organization that fights for the rights of trans and non-binary people. You have been tasked with designing an advocacy plan to persuade business, school, and government leaders to make gender neutral restrooms more widely available in public spaces.  Why Are We Doing This? […]