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Did We Make A Difference? Action Research of a Teaching for Empowerment Program in South India

Introduction For the last seven years HKIS students have come to our two sister schools, Concordia-Ambur and Concordia-Pernambut, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to implement a “Teaching for Empowerment” curriculum developed by our students. Once again we … Continue reading

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Using Spiritual Practices to Transform Service Learning Guilt into Compassionate Action: Two Students’ Experiences

The shadow side of powerful service learning experiences, like the one that Claudia had at the Foshan orphanage, is that students carry a burden of guilt with them when they return to school. This blog entry explores the possibility of … Continue reading

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Whole Students for a Whole World: Catching Integrity in the Social Conscience Classroom

This is a picture of the 2014-2015 Humanities I in Action class on day 1 of our journey through the curriculum.  Now 10 months later as the school year comes to a close, we have recently completed our final exam … Continue reading

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Technology and Youth Disconnect: Perspectives from International School Students

Introduction This year in my “Service, Society, and the Sacred,” a junior-senior elective religion/social studies course at HKIS, I decided to start the semester with an attempt to better understand how the technology revolution is impacting youth culture. In order … Continue reading

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Is Ignorance Bliss? Teaching about Chocolate Slavery on Day 1

Introduction When students reflect on their time in Humanities I in Action, they frequently recall the first day of class. Grade nine students are incredibly open to new impressions on their first day of high school, so our teaching team … Continue reading

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Using Spiritual Practices to Teach for Happiness and Spiritual Growth in a World Religions Course: An Action Research Perspective

The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not? That is the telling question of his life. – Carl Jung Introduction For years I have focused on service learning as the path for social conscience … Continue reading

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Room for Compassion: Finding Presence in a Chinese Orphanage

Yash with one of the children at the Foshan Orphanage Introduction “Perpetual sacrifice. It is an ideology that invades nearly every aspect of our lives. What is being sacrificed? What is the common thread? Most fundamentally, it is a sacrifice … Continue reading

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