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AM Inspiration: Mid-Week Simplicity--Pleasure Reading

If yesterday's post is to be believed, a vampire novel can hold a mirror to our culture's struggles with consumption. Surely we're not going to keep our critical thinking faculties in check and brains in tune by reading fantasy? While it's important to encourage kids to maintain a balanced litera...

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Tags: Reading, School
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The Story of Stuff: Catching On With Kids

The New York Times reports on "The Story of Stuff" and its critique of consumption--both are getting a (mostly) enthusiastic reception from kids and teachers. While it's not surprising that there isn't much about consumption within the standard curriculum, one of the teachers' statements stood ou...

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Tags: Children, Education, Kids, Parents, School, Stuff, Video
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Animated, Virtual Trash

A recent post, The Game Theory of Green Parenting, was an attempt to answer the question, "is it possible to attract kids’ attention from Gummi Worms to vermicomposting?” In other words, how can green issues be imparted to kids in a fun way? Check out this video made for a school project about t...

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Tags: Children, Communication, Education, Fun, Kids, School, Waste
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Tom Vilsack and the Avatar of Healthy Eating

Read the hilarious--and mostly spot-on--post in Civil Eats today: Lying, Smoking, Drinking, Big Ag: Why The Disney-USDA Partnership For “Healthy Eating” Is A Dangerous Alliance. (I say mostly because there's an image of the President that I can't quite wrap my mind around). And this “policy” als...

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Tags: Children, Cravings, Food, Imagination, Kids, Marketing, School
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Some Real People Actually are Finding the Elusive Green Jobs

Without any clarity in the terminology, those attempting to define "green jobs' may find themselves using the old measure of obscenity: "I'll know it when I see it." That seems to be the gist of the CNN article Growing excitement, expectations for green jobs corps: while no new definition is adva...

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Tags: Green job, Job, School, Stimulus, Training
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Giving Clutter a New Life: How to donate used stuff to charity

New Dream is always looking for win-win situations: ways to help the environment while not breaking your budget; ways to help you get more of what matters while consuming less. Knowing that economic downturns tend to mean a downturn in charitable giving, I started looking for ways to connect peop...

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Tags: Charity, Donation, School
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