by Ciara Tolbert
This skit was made because of multiple inspirations, but my contribution was the misuse of the word 'retard'. More days than not, I will be sitting on the bus hearing middle schoolers use the word retarded to describe something that is stupid or silly. I assume that they don't know any better and that it's not my place to correct them. Creating this skit made me realize that when it comes to anything like that, it's important to take the time to correct someone when they something offensive.
by Olivia Azzarita
A few summers ago, I volunteered at a summer camp at a local school working with children to create art and other goods to sell at a market. Most of the children came from the school, or at least the area, but there was one family at the camp that had come from Japan. The children, ages 9 and 11, spoke almost no English, and their mother, Reiko, stayed with them to translate and help them adapt to the new environment. But even she struggled with English and American culture. So I took it upon myself to stay with them the whole week as long as…
by Savannah Hanley
The color green. It’s a simple color you can see in everyday life, on the leaves of summer trees or on grass, but to my friend it is the best color in the world. By mentioning the color green, an infectious smile that reaches her ears appears on her face. She communicates with the world through her Dynavox, an alternative communication system, and her facial expressions. She has this amazing ability to make the people around her smile and laugh. She will come into a room telling you about Bobby Flay, her favorite book Out of My Mind, or the…
To celebrate its 40th year anniversary of grant making, programming, and partnerships that connect Californians to each other, California Humanities invited a group of 40 prominent Californians to explore what the humanities mean to them. For more information visit calhum.org/about/we-are-the-humanities.
by Christina Lohry, Chantilly Montessori School, Charlotte, NC
Teacher Christina Lohry describes a moment in which she realized how language (and other forms of communication) can profoundly change how we view others, breaking down misconceptions and helping us connect.