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Rethinking Globalization

Rethinking Globalization includes background readings, lesson plans, teaching articles, role plays and simulations, student handouts, interviews, poems, cartoons, annotated resource lists, and teaching ideas. It is curricular without being a curriculum, in that it is not designed as a dayby- day guide to teaching about globalization.

The book opens with several articles that introduce some of the broad themes that weave throughout the book. We then offer background on the colonial roots of global wealth and power inequalities, although we don't necessarily recommend a chronological approach to teaching about globalization. Sometimes it works best to pick a dramatic issue like child labor, global sweatshops, or the clash between "development" and indigenous cultures, and then later pull back to examine historical roots to current problems.

Some articles and activities are aimed at upper elementary students; others are aimed at students who are high school-aged and older. Many of the readings and activities included here work well in teacher inser- vice, college-level courses and other adult education contexts. We did not segregate the book into sections for different grade levels. This is because many, if not most, of the activities and readings aimed at elementary students could be adapted for use with high school-aged and older students, and vice versa.

Readings that we've designed to accompany a specific teaching activity - and which are intended to be duplicated - are labeled "Handout," but many other readings could also be copied and used with students.

Each chapter begins with an introduction to outline the issues covered in that section, and ends with a description of further teaching ideas.

The book closes with a short "Final Words" chapter, including lesson ideas for how students can use the Organization and Website Resources.

All the Resources and many additional readings and activities are posted on our website at www.rethinkingschools.org/rg, and will be regularly updated.

—The editors

Last Updated Spring 2002