This course helps students develop a sense of self-worth and social wellbeing by engaging them in the study of pop culture and literary texts authored by some of the greatest moral, philosophical, and intellectual giants of our time. By studying these texts, students will gain tools for their own personal growth & development as well as resilience training to help them navigate an increasingly complex world full of hardship and adversity.
Materials include popular films, songs, books, and essays that help students understand the complexity of the human condition. Students will practice their newfound skills by applying them in worksheets, notebook exercises, and classroom conversations on stimulating topics in philosophy, culture, and morality.
The purpose of this course is to ensure that students come away with a strong and resolute sense of self-worth as well as a robust toolkit for contributing to the health of their communities and society at large.
By studying the teachings of Kendrick Lamar, students learn to practice introspection.
By studying Jay Z's autobiography, students learn that the emotional baggage that informs their perspective often informs the perspective of those they're in conflict with.
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Students study the writings and teachings of Dr. Maya Angelou to learn how to constructively criticize and bring out the very best in their peers.
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Students study some of the writings of President Barack Obama and learn how to honor the intellectual and emotional complexity and sacredness of both themselves and their neighbor, whether foe or friend.