On Kindness as a Takeaway

Back in December, one of our team leaders was interviewing some students about their experiences in a Compose Our World PBL-based classroom.

The students had just completed some work in the Unearthing Humanity project, a project that helps students explore what it means to be human through literature, nonfiction sources, and their own experiences.The students expressed that they had found the project engaging, which is fine, but that’s not what’s stuck with me for these last several weeks.

What our team leader reported is that the students say that what they learned doing the project is that they feel like they’ll be kinder as a result of it.

The work made them better people, in their own words.

As we watch the escalating rhetoric of our political systems, and look ahead to more of the same, I’m reminded of just how important work is that helps people to be kinder. That helps people to be nicer. That helps them to be more human.

What a fine outcome for a project that helps students explore what it means to be human, that we become better people.

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