by Marsha Rakestraw
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements expanded the conversation about how common sexual harassment and assault of women is and the roles of power and patriarchy in perpetuating the objectification and oppression of women and girls.
In early 2018, an offshoot campaign, the #MeTooK12 arose to help spotlight the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment of students in grades K-12.
Clearly a reality as pervasive as the sexual harassment and assault of women and girls – and the accompanying backlash against those who speak out – needs to be addressed in schools.
Here are 8 resources for exploring questions and issues around sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement:
1. A Short History of the Long Fight Against Sexual Harassment (via KQED)
In this lesson plan, students explore sexual harassment (historic and current), including workplace harassment, and consider ways to address it.
2. The Reckoning: Teaching About the #MeToo Movement and Sexual Harassment (via NY Times)
The New York Times offers classroom ideas for exploring the questions and issues raised by the #MeToo movement and its impact on our society.
3. #MeTooCurriculum (via Katy Farber and Jeanie Phillips)
Two professional development coordinators from the University of Vermont have started a #MeTooCurriculum Google doc for educators who want resources and ideas for teaching about issues like sexism, consent, sexual harassment, and healthy bodies.
4. Sexual Harassment in the News (via ADL)
This “Table Talk” post offers a brief overview of the #MeToo movement (starting with Harvey Weinstein) and then offers possible questions for discussion. The questions are geared toward family conversations, but could be adapted for the classroom.
5. Students Weigh in on the Golden Globes, #MeToo and #TimesUp (via Teaching Tolerance)
Teacer Jeremy Knoll highlights conversations he and his students have had about the challenges of addressing sexual violence and knowing how to act and what to say.
6. Know Your IX (via Advocates for Youth)
This site offers information, support, and resources to help empower college and high school students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools.
Stop Sexual Assault in Schools offers resources and ideas to “promote awareness and inspire action to counteract pervasive sexual harassment and sexual violence in K-12 schools.”
8. Me Too: A Movement for K-12
Share My Lesson has curated several lesson plans related to topics such as fostering healthy relationships, gender equity, combating harassment, and sex education.
While discussing and exploring such issues can be challenging, there are numerous resources to help teachers talk about difficult issues with their students. See our post of tips for teaching about controversial issues.
Our curated Pinterest board of tips and resources is also a place to start.
Image via Sharon Brogan/Flickr
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