Magazine article Curriculum Review

Dissecting the Peace Corps Mission for Classroom Management

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Dissecting the Peace Corps Mission for Classroom Management

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This past March, the Peace Corps celebrated its 52nd anniversary. The story of the Corps' creation begins with President John F. Kennedy and University of Michigan pre-medical students. When they responded kindly when asked if they would be willing to work in developing countries, the president went on to ask the same question of future educators, engineers and technicians, according to Edutopia.org.

It's worth mentioning now, thought Rutgers University professor Maurice Elias, who wrote a blog for Edutopia dissecting the mission statement and nuanced messages of the Peace Corp and how they can apply to classroom learning on all levels.

Particularly, Elias examined the words of Sargent Shriver, the man appointed by Kennedy to create the Corps, as he spoke at a celebration honoring the Peace Corps on their 25th anniversary.

Here are some of the key lessons he came up with from Shriver's vision for the Corps, along with our suggestions for incorporating them into your classroom:

Lesson: "Students at all levels, preschool through high school and college, respond to inspiration and a sense of higher purpose."

* Classroom Connection: No child or teen wants to feel like his or her hard work is for naught. Working toward a goal ot any size can be all the difference in motivating your students. Ask them to write a list of long- and short-term goals pertaining to their academics and/or careers. For example, maybe they want to make the honor roll this semester, graduate high school in the top 10 percent of their class or pull down a 4. …

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