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This resource from Graeme Mitchell at SustainEd introduces learners to some hard truths about America’s justice system and complements Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk, “We need to talk about an injustice.”
The resource includes a printable worksheet and teacher’s guide, and also comes with an online Google Slides option which is compatible with Google Classroom. The captivating TED Talk explores Stevenson’s work with to end racial discrimination and outlines how the American justice system disproportionately incarcerates people of color.
The TED Talk, guide, class discussion, and ‘more to explore’ option are all designed to be completed in one class period. This resource can also be used to supplement student learning or assigned as homework/extra credit. This turn-key guide is also ideal for substitute teachers and requires no pre-planning.
In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.