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The Storm that Swept Mexico: Revolutionary Art | Media Gallery

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Following the Mexican Revolution, the Mexican government supported the development of a new school of art to break with the dominance of the European tradition. This new movement sought to create a “real” Mexican art that would strengthen and reaffirm Mexican identity and the values of the Revolution. The Mexican Muralist movement was born as a means to provide a visual narrative of the post-Revolutionary vision of Mexican history and was driven by the ideal that art should be “by the public, for the public.” In this lesson accompanied by a film clip from the documentary 'The Storm that Swept Mexico', students will examine the use of art as historical narrative and social commentary, and create a mural inspired by the Mexican Muralist movement.

REVOLUTIONARY ART: EDUCATOR GUIDE AND LESSON PLAN

Ataturk | Wide Angle

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Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, implemented sweeping reforms, including laws on religious attire, to give women more freedom and help realize his vision of a secular nation-state. The strong secular tradition established by Ataturk still holds firm today, but in recent years the republic has been experiencing revival of Islamic fundamentalism. Mustafa Karaduman, CEO of an Islamic-style clothing chain, hopes to contribute to the resurgence of Islam by dressing more Turkish women in traditional, but more fashionable, clothing. In this segment from the Wide Angle film "Turkey's Tigers," learn more about Karaduman and how Turkey’s laws have imposed restrictions on on how Muslim women are allowed to dress.

Belief Systems

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Belief systems are one of the most influential factors in the evolution of a culture. They’re also a popular essay topic on the Regents Exam. Get a leg up on test day and watch this video for essay ideas.

Baha'i

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows two followers of the Baha'i Faith discussing why they chose to embrace the religion and its message of unity, equality and respect. It also covers Baha'i worship practices. Founded in Iran in 1863 by Baha'u'llah, Baha'i emphasizes the oneness of humanity. Worshippers believe Baha'u'llah is the most recent in a long line of divine messengers that also includes Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad.

Charlotte Hawkins Brown

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In 1902, during the worst years of Jim Crow segregation, Charlotte Hawkins Brown founded the Palmer Memorial Institute in North Carolina. This segment from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow shows how, despite pressures to give African American youth only an industrial education, Brown fought the system and strived to provide her students with the best academic education available.

Sex Ed & Community Values | Wide Angle

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The four female hosts of Kalam Nawaem, a talk show broadcast by the Arabic television station MBC, initiate intense debate on controversial topics throughout the Arab world. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Dishing Democracy," view an excerpt of Kalam Nawaem where the hosts discuss the topic of sex education and witness the reaction it generated from viewers on the street in Cairo, Egypt.

Compare and Contrast: Education in Japan and Kenya

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Economic factors greatly influence the quality of education. The educational systems of developing countries are often on a substandard level when compared to nations of economically advanced countries. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Back to School," view and compare the classrooms of students from Kenya and Japan.

Choosing words: The controversy over Texas textbooks

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In this video adapted from Need to Know, learn how the Texas State Board of Education adopted new ideologically-driven social studies curriculum standards. Don McLeroy, dentist and active board member, proposed adding a requirement to study the rise of conservative icons like Phyllis Schlafly, the Heritage Foundation and the Moral Majority. There’s also a new emphasis on the role religion played in the founding of the country, and on the constitutional right to bear arms. In all, there were more than 300 amendments proposed to the social studies standards. All these amendments will fundamentally change what kids are taught in school.

The Storm that Swept Mexico: Revolutionary Women | Media Gallery

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Women constitute half of the world’s population yet their contributions to major social, cultural and political events are often overlooked, misunderstood, misrepresented, or undocumented. In this lesson accompanied by a film clip adapted from 'The Storm that Swept Mexico', students will discover why women’s participation was crucial to the Mexican Revolution, and how women’s ability to contribute to society changed during the revolutionary period. Through the multimedia extensions, students will explore how gender shapes our understanding of history and continues to impact expectations and opportunities for individuals in the present.

REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN: EDUCATOR GUIDE AND LESSON PLAN

Altruism | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly discusses the topic of altruism by profiling people who have performed good deeds. Those profiled were inspired not only by religious teachings, but also by a personal desire to help those less fortunate. This video looks at the actions of a kidney donor, 9/11 first responders and the villagers of Le Chambon in southern France during World War II.

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