Monday, September 10, 2012

Teaching students civic engagement and activism

I knew Dena Simmons at Middlebury College, and she was a smart, energetic advocate then; since our undergraduate days, she's only gotten smarter and more active in her work, which encompasses education and activism.

She recently wrote on introducing activism to students, and I think her ideas here are a great roadmap for thinking about teaching activism in a museum setting, as well.

I was particularly struck by what she had to say about mapping community - both from the students' perspective and from the educator's perspective. I found myself wondering how many of those maps of community include museums - and if not, why not?

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