Current Events

Discussions about Current Events: What Can Young People Do?

Every day there are opportunities to discuss our role in civil society and decide whether and how to get involved in current events. At Learning to Give, we want to help students learn and practice taking action for the common good—yes, this too is philanthropy. This page provides tools and tips related to current events. Look here to involve your students' voice and action to make a difference.

From holidays to elections to triumphs to tragedies, there is always something going on that can spark conversations about what we can do as informed, responsible and generous students.


Find tips and resources about addressing challenging issues in the classroom. Follow these guidelines to establish a safe environment, promote respectful dialogue, back up arguments with facts, and talk about news and current events with students: Difficult Conversations 

Help your students evaluate the roles of media, bias, “facts”, and critical thinking related to current events and controversial topics: Media Literacy Tips


Today's Current Event: School Shootings and Gun Regulations 

With Summer right around the corner it is important to give students something to think about, and maybe even advocate or take action with, as they round out one school year and prepare for another.  

Using the SDGs to Unpack and Discuss School Shootings and Gun Regulations

We are all connected in a global community and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call us as global citizens to action to make a better future for everyone. In order to be successful in reaching these goals, all citizens need to be aware of what the issues are and ways to take action 

Before exposing your students to all 17 new Sustainable Development goals, facilitate a discussion about how Peace – the 16thglobal goal relates to the issue of gun violence and school shootings. 

  • Peace is defined as what is necessary in order to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. 
  • According to the SDGs, there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development. 

Teacher Training Corner: This SDG focused mini-course is FREE. It will introduce you to the 17 SDGs and help you explore ways to bring the goals to life in the classroom. *Participants earn certificates that may be applied toward professional CPE credits. 

To get students thinking "big" and "beyond themselves" introduce them to exploring this topic using the Blue Sky Envisioning ActivityAsk the questions, “What is good/what do you like about our global community?" and "What needs to be improved?"   


Additional Philanthropy Conversations and Skills 

Advocacy is a a form of social action and philanthropy (taking action for the common good)


Social Action Ideas

  • Host a World Café Conversation (“engaging people in conversations that matter”) for your school/community. Here are some free World Café resources.
  • Be an advocate for your POV: Share carefully researched facts and possible solutions with your network and local government.
  • Use and teach listening skills to find common ground as you have difficult conversations about issues with strong differences of opinion. We are more alike than different.
  • Bring community awareness to your students' work by using this step-by-step media and timeline guide.

Additional Resources


In the News


Organizations

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence  |  Everytown for Gun Safety  |  National Rifle Association l Students Against Violence Everywhere


Above Photo Credit: Voices Against Violence by UN Women is licensed under CC by 4.0

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Using the SDGs to unpack school shootings and gun regulationsEvery day there are opportunities to discuss our role in civil society and decide whether and how to get involved in current events. At Learning to Give, we want to help students learn and practice taking action for the common good—yes, this too is philanthropy. This page provides tools and tips related to current events. Look here to involve your students' voice and action to make a difference.

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