Learners reflect on issues that people tend to look the other way from to avoid facing difficult situations. They write an honest reflection on issues they can take action to address.
One 20-minute lesson
The learner will:
This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to www.generationon.org.
character education journals
Do you recall the childhood game of peek-a-boo? It’s where a young child covers his/her eyes and assumes that because he/she does not see you, you do not see him/her. We chuckle about this game because we know that what the child assumes is just not true. We play along anyway. It’s fun!
In the animal world, the ostrich is blamed for playing the game of peek-a-boo. The ostrich is said to “bury its head in the sand.” We use this metaphor for people who want to avoid reality. We say that people who "bury their head in the sand" choose not to see the reality of a given situation or circumstance. Sociologists say that this is one way many people choose to look at world hunger. They cover their eyes and pretend not to see the problem, hoping that no one will require them to part of the solution to this problem. Or they "bury their heads" in the sand in an effort to avoid having to see the problem for what it is. That way they don’t feel the need to be involved in being part of the solution to the problem.
Lesson Developed By:Betsy Flikkema
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