28 November 2018

Resources for Teaching About #MeToo

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The 'me too' movement was founded in 2006 by Tarana Burke "to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly Black women and girls, and other young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing." Then on Oct. 15, 2017, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a request to her Twitter followers: "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet." Since then, the hashtag has been shared over and over again on social media, in the news, and has helped to create an even more powerful movement. To be sure, your students are now aware of the issue, talking about it and wondering what it means for them. Maybe there have even been incidents at your school or in your community. On November 15, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released new rules on federal Title IX guidance that change the way schools are required to handle claims of sexual assault and harassment. This post offers educators some resources for teaching students about #MeToo. You can also direct your students to SIRS Issues Researcher's Leading Issues for topics relevant to the #MeToo movement, such as Abused Women, Date Rape/Dating Violence, School Environment, School Safety, Sex Education, Sexual Harassment, Teenage Sexual Behavior and more. Current, relevant analysis on these and many more of today's most important controversial social issues are provided. SIRS Issues Researcher is a curriculum-aligned database that provides a variety of international and primary sources, interactives, images, statistics, charts, and maps to help students understand, evaluate and form opinions on over 350 complex social issues. Analysis and opinions cover the pros, cons, and everything in between on the most researched and debated social issues. A dedicated editorial team hand-selects targeted content and creates features, such as Pro/Con Essential Questions and research tools that promote critical thinking throughout the research process. Don't have SIRS Issues Researcher? Request a free trial. Subscribe via email to Share This and never miss a post.