In this changed school environment, the glow media films are more important than ever! The films are about students from different racial, ethnic and class backgrounds. In the first three films we see main characters grapple with issues related to sexual identity, body image and pressure to succeed. The students are kind and respectful to one another and support each other through difficult times. The films are intended to destigmatize challenges such as these that can make teens feel vulnerable and alone, and to worry that they are different from their peers. Students watching the glow media films will learn that struggling with anxiety, depression or an eating disorder in adolescence is common, and that there is help available. Not only will this help them to cope with their own challenges, but should heighten their sensitivity and empathy to other students who may be struggling. Classroom discussions of the films can help to teach tolerance, build community, and increase trust between students.
It’s easy to focus on the negative aspects of this past election. It’s harder to look at the differences that were highlighted and learn from them to impact real change.
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